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.
“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
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