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Firefighters rescue bullock from slurry pit

A team of firefighters faced an unusual rescue operation when they were called out to save a bullock from a slurry pit.

The fire crew from Richmond, North Yorkshire, were sent to a farm at Kirby Fleetham near Northallerton at around 8.40 this morning after the bullock fell into the pit.

Five firefighters placed heavyweight straps underneath the bullock, which was up to its neck in slurry, to assist the farmer with the rescue.

The farmer then used a tractor with forklift to lift the frightened animal out of the 4ft deep pit.

The crew cleaned the bullock with a hose before returning it to the barn.

It took us about 45 minutes all together. All crews from North Yorkshire are a dab hand at this kind of rescue. It was hosed down and is back in the barn with all its mates.

– David Pitt, Fire Service Manager, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service

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Children's Countryside Day teaches children about their food

As many of us buy our food from the supermarket, it would be easy for our children to think it starts out there. Even those who live in the countryside do not always make the connection between farming and the dinner table.

The Children's Countryside Day in Northumberland is designed to fill in the blanks by giving children a day of hands-on farm experience.

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Countryside Day shows children farming makes food

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Schmallenberg vaccine is result of 'intensive activity'

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has licensed veterinary pharmaceutical company MSD Animal Health to provide the "Bovolis SBV" vaccine for animals affected by the Schmallenberg virus.

VMD chief executive Pete Borriello said:

This is the culmination of intensive activity on the part of MSD Animal Health and the VMD to make a safe and effective vaccine available to tackle Schmallenberg.

Without in any way compromising the scientific rigour of our assessment process, we accelerated our assessment so that a vaccine will be available this summer.

This means it will be possible to vaccinate sheep and cattle before most of them become pregnant. This is important as it is during pregnancy when exposure to the virus can cause damage to the foetus.

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