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.
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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.
Newton Rigg students describe college life
Will Horsley and Natalie Errington are both from farming families and are students at Newton Rigg College.
They are learning new techniques and skills to take back to their farms once their courses are finished.
Our reporter Lori Carnochan joined almost four hundred guests at the opening of the new dairy unit at Newton Rigg college.
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.
The new facility will allow students at the college to train using top of the range equipment.
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.
Lord Curry of Kirkharle, the Bishop of Carlisle, representatives from the farming industry and college dignitaries were among four hundred guests welcomed to Newton Rigg's Penrith campus to celebrate the new Dairy Unit's official opening.
The herd was wiped out in 2001 and has since been built back up to 151 cows and heifers. The new dairy unit will enable Newton Rigg students to learn the dairy trade in a state of the art facility.