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 Cattle culled in England because of bovine TB since January 1 2008

A heart-breaking day for David

David Barton_275_182Gloucestershire beef farmer David Barton invited the NFU on to his farm to film four of his cattle, including his stock bull Ernie, being shot and removed after they had tested positive for bovine TB.

David, who has been battling bovine TB on his farm for years, said watching the bull, two heifers and a cow being culled was one of the worst days of his farming life.

The animals tested positive for bovine TB during a routine six-monthly check test earlier this month. They were shot on farm because they’d been given worming medication which means they can’t be taken to a slaughterhouse.

Writing on a blog he has created to share his experiences of dealing with bovine TB, David said Ernie had been the last animal to be tested and he never thought he would test positive for the disease. He described the news as “soul destroying”.

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