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Emotional Shropshire farmer says smaller herds are suffering

Nicky Harris told ITV News Central that big supermarkets are holding dairy farmers to ransom.

She said she'll have to pick some of her herd to go to slaughter this week just to keep the wolves from the door.

She has set up a campaign page to raise awareness.

Shropshire farmer takes tough decision to slaughter her dairy cows

Nicky Harris is struggling to pay the bills. Credit: ITV News Central

Nicky Harris, a farmer in Shropshire, says she's distraught that she'll have to send some of her dairy cows away for slaughter this week because of falling milk prices.

She says big supermarkets are holding dairy-farmers to ransom with such low prices and many farms in the area are struggling to keep going.

The increasing pressure has meant sending the cows for slaughter is the only way to pay the bills.


Council could ban sky lanterns in Derby

A sky lantern is launched into the sky at a festival in 2010 Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Sky lanterns may be completely banned from events under new animal welfare regulations being considered by Derby City Council.

They could be banned along with goldfish used at the fairground if planned changes to the Animal Welfare Charter go ahead this Thursday.

Kennel Club: 'No evidence any dog was poisoned'

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They say a post-mortem examination found meat laced with poison in Jagger's stomach.

It is now claimed a Shih-Tzu breed dog has also died.

However, the organisers of Crufts, the Kennel Club, says there is currently no evidence any dogs were poisoned.

Caroline Kisko is from the Kennel Club Secretary:


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Kennel Club issues stern warning over 'sabotage'

The owners of Irish setter Jagger believe he was poisoned at Crufts. Credit:

The Kennel Club has told ITV News that it will take "severe disciplinary procedures" against any member caught "attempting to deliberately sabotage another competitor's performance" after claims that an Irish setter named Jagger was allegedly poisoned at Crufts.

It added that rumours other dogs may also have become sick at the leading International dog show were "unsubstantiated" and said: "We can confirm that no vets have raised concerns about poisoning and there have been no official complaints from any owners at Crufts 2015."

The latest statement from the Kennel Club is below:

"The facts surrounding Jagger’s sad death are still being established and we must stress that any other unsubstantiated rumours about dogs being poisoned are just that at this point.

There are any number of reasons why a dog may display symptoms such as sickness and should a dog fall sick there are vets at the show who will examine the dog in question and file a report.

We can confirm that no vets have raised concerns about poisoning and there have been no official complaints from any owners at Crufts 2015.

"We are aware that there are reports in the press regarding a number of breeds. If anybody has any have any information we urge anyone to come forward to report the matter as soon as possible by emailing

"As with any international competition rumours of sabotage do occasionally surface. This of course is not in the spirit of competition and will not be tolerated.

Anyone caught attempting to deliberately sabotage another competitor’s performance, particularly if a dog’s welfare is put at risk, will face severe disciplinary procedures which could include a ban on competing at all Kennel Club licensed events.

Furthermore anyone who puts a dog’s welfare at risk could face prosecution under the Animal Welfare Act.”

– A Crufts spokesperson
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Co-owners 'can't think another exhibitor' poisoned dog

The Belgium co-owners of Jagger, the dog that died of suspected poisoning after its appearance at world-renowned dog show Crufts, have insisted that they do not think another exhibitor killed their animal.

Speaking to the press outside their home, Willem and Aleksandra Lauwers said "hopefully Jagger was just the wrong dog, in the wrong place, at the wrong time."

Mr Lauwers added that the couple did not want the entire dog breeding world to be tarnished by what happened to Jagger.

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Identical dog Noodle was 'intended poison target'

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A dog called Jagger, who died after being poisoned at Crufts, was not the intended target, it has been claimed.

Jagger's owners believe this almost identical looking Setter called Noodle was.

He had won Best of Breed on the day Jagger competed and the dogs switched benches at the last minute.

But vets say more tests will be needed on Jagger to establish how he died.

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