Hampshire farmers will be affected by tighter controls

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HAMPSHIRE’S cattle farmers can learn how new government regulations on bovine tuberculosis will affect them at a meeting being organised by the National Farmers’ Union.

Farmers can attend an afternoon meeting near Winchester on January 14.

The meeting will outline the tighter cattle movement controls being applied across the county.

It will feature speakers from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency and the Petersfield-based NFU.

Sandra Nichols, the NFU’s county adviser, said: ’From now on, all cattle across Hampshire must be tested annually for bovine tuberculosis and any cattle being sold will have to undergo a pre-movement test, with a few exemptions for cattle going direct to slaughter. Farmers will undoubtedly face a large cost burden as a result of these changes.

‘However, we hope to clear up any confusion about this new regime, to help people minimise the impacts on their businesses.’

Farmers wishing to attend should call (01730) 711950.