Bovine TB risk is minor but it is spreading in Hampshire

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A DAIRY farmer says there is a real risk of bovine tuberculosis spreading into Hampshire.

Neil Cutler, who runs Belney Farm in Southwick, said there had been one or two minor cases where cattle had tested positive for bovine TB in the county.

But he said: ‘The tests only show cattle have been exposed to the disease, not that they have got it.

‘There are factors that can influence the test.

‘It can be very inaccurate.’

Cows on the border of Dorset are tested for bovine TB every year, as the disease spreads east, while those further east are tested every four years.