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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.

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 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.

Around four hundred guests attend opening ceremony Credit: ITV News

New milking parlour to provide a great resource for college students

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.

Newton Rigg's restocked Dairy Herd was wiped out in 2001 Credit: ITV News

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.

New Parlour Credit: ITV News


Author agrees to meet farmers after controversial comments

An environmentalist who says sheep farming wrecks the fells met with Cumbrian hill farmers.

George Monbiot wrote in his book that sheep farming is ‘a slow-burning ecological disaster’ that ‘has done more damage to the living systems of this country than either climate change or industrial pollution'.

He met the Cumbria Commoners and Cumbria Young Commoners in Newton Rigg but they disagreed with his findings.

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