Hundreds pack bovine TB outbreak meeting

Date: Friday 4th August 2017

EFFORTS to tackle an outbreak of cattle disease bovine TB in Eden could be hampered by problems with a telephone helpline, it emerged at a meeting last night.

The devastating disease which can lead to cattle being culled has been detected in badgers in Cumbria for the first time in decades.

The meeting, held at the Stoneybeck Inn, Penrith, and attended by well over 200 farmers, was told that the disease had been detected in three dead badgers found on roads within a large area of Eden dubbed the Shap cluster. Tackling the disease in wild animals, which can then spread it to cattle, is notoriously difficult.

There have been 20 bTB outbreaks on 18 holdings within the cluster — which takes in an area running from Penrith to Appleby, over to Orton and Tebay and back up by Shap and Bampton — since 2014, but the cases in badgers were detected only at the end of June.

Full story in Saturday's paper