As a Cumbrian farm is linked with an outbreak of Bovine TB, we find out what the virus is and what it does to infected animals.
Jenny Longden's been on her monthly trip to visit our resident farmer Stephen Withers in his fields in Jedburgh.
Cattle Scab has been found on a Scottish farm for the first time in 30 years. Warning - some pictures in this article may be upsetting.
A year ago we brought you the story of a sheep that had been found alive after being buried in snow drifts more than 10 feet deep in Dumfries & Galloway.
A few days ago she gave birth to two healthy lambs. April is now back out on the hill with her newborns.
Fiona McIlwraith has been to see them.
Galloway farmer Stuart Mactier discovered this sheep in a snow drift last year. This year the sheep has twin lambs.
For nearly two weeks farmers dug sheep out of snow drifts after heavy snowfall last spring.
Farmers across the region lost animals in the snow but this sheep managed to survive and made a full recovery.
Farmers have been talking of their fears, after news that the latest outbreak of Cattle TB may have started on a farm in West Cumbria.
Many beef and dairy farmers are now openly calling for a cull of badgers in our region.
100 dairy cows from a farm near Ravenglass were sold at auction in February, leading to the possible contamination of herds across the country.
Matthew Taylor reports
A Cumbrian vet says an outbreak of bovine TB in the county could affect the whole country.
100 dairy cows, from a farm near Bootle in West Cumbria, have the disease and may have spread it after being sold at an auction in Cheshire.
Investigations are continuing today into the link between a Cumbrian farm and an outbreak of Bovine TB.
Dairy cattle which were sold off at the end of February have been found to have the disease.
There is currently a three kilometre radius around the infected farm.
The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) have confirmed that a number of TB cases found in cattle across Great Britain are linked to a Cumbrian farm.
– Spokesman, Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency
“We are aware of a number of TB positive cattle cases across GB, linked to the sale of dairy cattle from a herd in Cumbria at the end of February. AHVLA has taken robust and rapid action to identify, isolate and test all animals originating from this herd to minimise the spread of disease.
“The herd of origin in Cumbria has been placed under movement restrictions and TB testing of neighbouring holdings within a three kilometre radius is underway.
“Investigations are at an early stage and it would be premature to speculate on the origin of infection in the herd in Cumbria."
Reports that a Cumbrian Farm has been linked with an outbreak of TB. More to follow
Farmers are being urged to look out for signs of a severe skin disease which can kill cattle, after a case was discovered in the Borders, the first in Scotland for thirty years.
The disease can be costly and is difficult treat. Vets are warning farmers to look out for the symptoms to stop the disease spreading.
Jenny Longden reports.