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Galloway farmer Stuart Mactier discovered this sheep in a snow drift last year. This year the sheep has twin lambs.

Sheep found alive after 11 days in a snow drift last year Credit: Stuart Mactier

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.

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Farmers call for badger cull after TB announcement

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

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Cumbrian cattle linked with TB outbreak

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.

“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."

– Spokesman, Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency
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