A farm in Leicestershire has lost 54 cows in a suspected poisoning.

An investigation is underway after farmer Tom Rawson discovered dozens of dead livestock at the site in Houghton on the Hill, near Leicester, on Tuesday June 19th.

A team of five vets worked through the night with the business owners to try and stabilise the remainder of the herd.

He believes the deaths are due to "external water source contamination" and described it as his worst night as a farmer.

The fire service was called to deliver thousands of litres of uncontaminated water to the farm, as an alternative supply for the cows.

The situation started at about 6.30pm last night when the first cow died, followed minutes later by the others. There are now 55 dead out of a herd of 700. The situation is critical and we and the vets are working hard to establish the cause. >We’re all just working really hard to sort it out, I can’t say any more than that. >Anybody that could be spared from other farms were brought in to help with the situation and the National Farmers Union nationally are aware of the situation. >Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service provided a bowser for which we’re grateful.

Tom Rawson