Second positive TB case in Cumbria
CATTLE on a farm neighbouring the site in Cumbria where 100 animals were slaughtered after testing positive for bovine TB have also tested positive for the disease.
Animal Health announced the creation of an ‘enhanced surveillance zone’ near to Penrith (covering a three kilometre area near to junction 41 of the M6) on Thursday June 9.
Testing initiated by Animal Health immediately following the TB breakdown found no spread of the disease to neighbouring premises. However, since then, another animal on a neighbouring farm has tested positive.
Animal Health is undertaking further testing and tracing work to find out if this incidence is related to the original TB case, but it will be several weeks before the results are known.
Although this is a significant development, it does not change anything for those farmers who are within the ‘enhanced surveillance zone’ and work will continue to find the cause of the initial outbreak.
NFU Cumbria County chairman, Robert Craig, said: “My thoughts are with the farmer and his family as they come to terms with dealing with a breakdown of TB on their farm. It again demonstrates that farmers in the whole of the county need to remain vigilant if we are to stop the disease becoming established in the county. In the meantime, the NFU will continue to liaise closely with Animal Health on the current situation within the Penrith enhanced surveillance zone.”