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.
“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."
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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.
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Farmers are being urged to look out for signs of a severe skin disease which can potentially be deadly to cattle, after a case was discovered in the Borders
Psoroptic mange - or cattle scab - hasn't been seen in Scotland for 30 years. It's caused by mites and can be passed between animals.
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.