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The National Farmers Union says the latest figures for outbreaks of bovine TB show the disease is still rife and spreading across the region. More than seventeen thousand cattle in the West Country have been slaughtered in the past year.
Earlier this month the Government revealed its plans to help eradicate the disease over 25 years. But many famers says that is too long and more badger culls will have to take place to eliminate the disease.
Over the past 25 years, the government has put forward a number of proposals to eradicate bovine TB, which has affected the livelihood of farmers across the West Country.
Retired farmer Bill Hocking is one person who believes stepping up the badger cull is the most realistic way of preventing the spread of bacteria:
Farmers are calling for more direct action to control bovine TB.
The latest figures show only a slight decrease in the number of outbreaks in the West Country over the past twelve months.
The government has put forward proposals to eradicate the disease over twenty five years, but some farmers believe stepping up the badger culls is the most realistic solution.