"We've got to realise that TB is potentially on our doorstep, it's now very prevalent in both Cheshire and parts of Lancashire, it's slowly moving it's way up the Country so it has the potential to be quite a serious problem for Cumbria."
Around 20 farmers and 10 vets from across Cumbria have turned out to hear about the new testing rules regarding Bovine TB.
The meeting, organised by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency and the NFU is being held at Penrith Rugby Club.
Cumbrian farmers are being invited to attend a meeting in Penrith to learn of new Bovine TB testing rules.
From January 1st a number of new rules come into force which will have a direct impact on farmers in the County.
The meeting, aimed at both farmers and vets will outline measures to try to remain TB free.
"There is concern that some farmers in Cumbria and Lancashire are not fully aware of what is coming in or the implications for them and their neighbours if TB is confirmed on their farm."
Tests underway to find source.
An investigation is underway to find the source of a Bovine TB outbreak in Dumfries and Galloway. Several cattle are being slaughtered after the disease was detected in a Dumfriesshire dairy herd. Tests are being carried out to determine how many animals are affected and to stop it spreading.
“Any outbreak of bovine TB is concerning but we can be confident that the testing regime in Scotland works well. The priority now is for the outbreak to be investigated to find out its cause and prevent any further spreading.”
“A TB outbreak is a savage blow to the farmer whose herd has been affected. We still don’t know how many of the 340 cattle kept in the same holding have been affected. It is important to remember that Scotland has a low rate of bovine TB cases and I hope this incident is isolated to this one herd.”