1. ITV Report

Cumbrian farmers urged to help eliminate cattle disease

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Farmers in Cumbria are being urged to join a scheme to help get rid of a disease that costs millions of pounds every year.

Cattle farmers are being asked to sign up to a debate which tracks animals that have bovine viral diarrhoea - a condition that causes problems in pregnant cows.

It is believed that Cumbria could be one of the most relevant counties for BVD control, as it contains the highest concentration of cattle in England.

Actually assessing the herd status is absolutely crucial and that's the main reason for setting up this industry-led BVD free England scheme. It's really to try and identify infected animals and get them out of herds, so we can actually start to get an eradication programme in place."

– Daniel Griffiths, Vet at Paragon Vet Group