A Farmer's Diary

Jenny Longden's been on her monthly trip to visit our resident farmer Stephen Withers in his fields in Jedburgh.

Cattle Scab found in Borders

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.

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First case of Cattle Scab in 30 years discovered

Cattle Scab has been found in a Scottish Border's farm.

It's the first case to be confirmed in Scotland since the early 1980's.

Vets from Scotland's Rural College found the disease in two animals that have recently been imported.

Cattle Scab, also known as psoroptic mange, is caused by mites that pierce the skin to feed and cause immense irritation. The signs are similar to those of sheep scab.

Clusters of Cattle Scab have also been found in Wales, South West England and Yorkshire but this is the first in Scotland in 30 years.

Inside Newton Rigg's new milking parlour

The new unit at Newton Rigg is made up of two buildings. One to house the cows and the other for the milking parlour itself.

Cows
Cow pens at the new unit Credit: ITV News

The new facility will allow students at the college to train using top of the range equipment.

Milking Parlour
Milking parlour Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of people turned out to see the opening of the new parlour. It gives Newton Rigg the ability to offer tudents a much better insight into the realities of Dairy farming.

Crowds
Around four hundred guests attend opening ceremony Credit: ITV News
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