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'Cumbria is a low risk area for bovine TB'

A spokesman for the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) - the department of DEFRA that deals with cases linked to bovine TB - told ITV Border what is being done surrounding the current outbreak.

“Cumbria is a low risk area for bovine TB. Each year there are a small number of bovine TB incidents in the county, typically due to infection being inadvertently carried in cattle bought from herds in a high risk area. AHVLA has also found no evidence of TB infection in local wildlife.

“Bovine TB can have a devastating effect on farm businesses, which is why there are strict measures to control it. In low risk areas such as Cumbria, herds within a three kilometre radius of a TB incident are placed on more regular testing to reduce the risk of infection.”

– AHVLA spokesman

Bovine TB confirmed in the Brampton area

An outbreak of bovine TB has been confirmed in the Brampton area of north Cumbria.

There are restrictions in place when it comes to moving affected cattle and farms within a three kilometre radius will also be tested.

The NFU has advised farmers to be careful when bringing animals into the county by looking at their sourcing policy and where animals are coming from.

Cumbria is a low risk area on the border of Scotland - which has a TB free status.

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Brampton businesses back flower campaign

Five years ago the town was blooming Credit: ITV Border

Several businesses in Brampton say that they'll be getting behind the town's campaign to spruce up for summer.

They're all putting out hanging baskets to improve the look of the town centre.

Many shops, cafes and pubs are already in bloom, but there are concerns that a number of empty buildings in the town will detract from the attempt to give it a facelift.

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