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Devon farmer shows Brian May TB slaughter horror on BBC show

Malcolm Huxtable allowed the BBC and Brian May onto his farm to show the devastation caused by cattle testing positive for bTB.

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A Devon farmer took to the BBC to highlight the growing need to eradicate bovine TB.

 

Featured on the broadcaster’s regional programmes, Inside Out South West, dairy farmer Malcolm Huxtable broke down in tears as he explained the fate of his prime Jersey cattle to anti-badger cull campaigner, Brian May.

 

"The cows are part of our family," he said.

 

"When you load up your best animals to go to slaughter in their prime of life, how long are we expected to do this?"

 

Dr May who said evidence showed killing badgers did not help the issue with TB, said: "In my view the cull is an enormous red herring and taking attention away from the things we should be looking at which is vaccinating cattle.

 

"In my opinion it is the only thing which can solve this madness."

 

For many, including Brian May, the programme was the first time they would have seen a TB test taking place, and witnessing first hand the devastation a positive result causes for the farmer and their family.

 

A spokesman from NFU South West said: "While we of course wouldn’t agree to everything Brian May said, it is certain that all people watching would be left in no doubt about the distress TB causes to farmers and their families.

 

"We are always grateful to farmers who are prepared to tell their story and help spread awareness of issues they are facing every day."

 

Click here to view the full Inside Out South West programme


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