THE SCOTTISH government has confirmed a herd of cattle in Dumfriesshire are being slaughtered after testing positive for TB.
The disease was identified in an abbatoir and testing is now being carried out at a steading of 340 dairy cattle.
The Scottish Government are unable to say how many animals have been affected.
NFU Scotland President Nigel Miller said: "To have a TB outbreak of this scale will be a major blow to the farmer, his family and staff.
Fortunately events of this kind are rare and the good news for Scotland's TB free status is that the number of cases recorded this year is below average.
"While the source of the case will be investigated, outbreaks of this scale serve as a reminder to all cattle keepers that the disease is still a major threat and there is a need for ongoing vigilance when sourcing
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