National campaign to halt spread of bovine TB could stop movement of New Forest cattle

Bournemouth Echo: National campaign to halt spread of bovine TB could stop movement of New Forest cattle National campaign to halt spread of bovine TB could stop movement of New Forest cattle

A NATIONAL campaign to halt the spread of bovine TB could change the face of the New Forest by halting the movement of cattle.

Under proposals drawn up by the Government, animal owners will have to get their cows tested by vets every time they are moved on or off the open forest.

In some cases the tests will need to be carried out every day, which could force Commoners to abandon their ancient way of life.

Now the Verderers, the organisation in charge of Forest stock, are urging the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to introduce a licensing system instead.

The Forest is famous for its ponies but also has 3,500 cows owned by 140 Commoners.

Many of those living next door to common land turn their cattle out every day in the winter – and all the animals will have to be tested each time they leave their home if the DEFRA proposals are approved.

The threat to the Forest was revealed at the Court of Verderers in Lyndhurst.

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12:11pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Old Colonial says...

Like TV...another repeat story.
Like TV...another repeat story. Old Colonial

12:33pm Tue 21 Jan 14

EGHH says...

Owen Paterson suggested shooting wild cattle last year. The man loves killing things! I hope Cameron sacks him soon.
Owen Paterson suggested shooting wild cattle last year. The man loves killing things! I hope Cameron sacks him soon. EGHH

1:05pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Lizardman says...

Better bio-security and stricter movement controls should have already been in place. Maybe then this decimation of innocent wildlife they are calling the "Badger Cull" would never have been considered.
For those sensible folk who oppose the Badger Cull, there are two local petitions you can sign here:
Bournemouth:
http://www.b-r-a-v-e
.co.uk/operationbadg
er/bournemouth.htm
Poole:
http://www.b-r-a-v-e
.co.uk/operationbadg
er/poole.htm
Better bio-security and stricter movement controls should have already been in place. Maybe then this decimation of innocent wildlife they are calling the "Badger Cull" would never have been considered. For those sensible folk who oppose the Badger Cull, there are two local petitions you can sign here: Bournemouth: http://www.b-r-a-v-e .co.uk/operationbadg er/bournemouth.htm Poole: http://www.b-r-a-v-e .co.uk/operationbadg er/poole.htm Lizardman

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