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Further Cattle Test Positive For Bluetongue

12 September 2008

UK - Cattle in Somerset have tested positive for the bluetongue virus, Farmers Weekly interactive has learned. As with the recent four cases of bluetongue in the UK the virus has been found in animals imported from continental Europe.

It is the second time in two days that imported cattle have arrived in Britain.

FWi also understands that there are four to five further premises under investigation in areas as diverse as Somerset, Worcestershire and Cumbria.

The information was passed to FWi by a source who has requested to remain anonymous.

The source added that there was also a brewing controversy over a further batch of cattle en route from France to farms in Scotland.

The cattle have been turned away by the Scottish authorities and are now being held on the English side of the border, the source said.

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Source: Farmers Weekly Interactive


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