FG BUY&SELL        FARMERS WEATHER       ARABLE FARMING        DAIRY FARMER      FARMERS GUARDIAN        AGRIMONEY        OUR EVENTS        MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS        BLOGS        MORE FROM US

You are viewing 1 of your 2 free articles

You’ll need to join us by becoming a member to gain more access.
Already a Member?

Login Join us now

Fox hounds culled following Buckinghamshire bovine TB outbreak

News

Dogs belonging to a hunt in Buckinghamshire have been culled following an outbreak of bovine TB.

Twitter Facebook

The Kimblewick Hunt said it had been monitoring its 120 hounds since December when one dog was thought to have contracted the disease. This was later confirmed in post mortem results.

 

Since then 25 hounds have been euthanised and testing on the rest of the pack is said to be ongoing, with all dogs being monitored closely.

 

Contracted from fallen stock

 

It is thought the hunt, which offers a fallen stock service to local farmers, contracted the disease from a contaminated bovine.

 

A spokesman for the Kimblewick Hunt said: "The hunt - like many others across the country - operates a fallen stock service to farmers under the guidance of Defra. The Kimblewick hounds are routinely fed fallen stock in compliance with current animal by-products legislation.


"We are waiting for Animal and Plant Health Agency’s epidemiology report that might give details of the source of infection, however it would appear that it is most likely that the hounds contracted it from eating meat from a contaminated bovine."

 

The hunt voluntarily suspended its activities on December 11 and the hounds have not been in contact with any other packs since the initial case was suspected.

 

Testing protocol

 

A monitoring and testing protocol has since been rolled out across the country.

 

The Kimblewick Hunt has been working alongside Defra, Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Public Health England and the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) in order to ensure that bTB has been contained. No other cases have been reported.


A spokesman for the Countryside Alliance said: "This has been a particularly difficult time for the hunt staff, their families and all those associated with the Kimblewick hounds and our thoughts are with them.

 

"We understand that testing is ongoing and that the hunt is working with Defra and the relevant statutory bodies to ensure that the infection is contained and eradicated."

Twitter Facebook
Rating (0 vote/s)
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.

Related blogs

Cowmen comment: Christopher Murley - The relief of a clear TB test

Cowmen comment: Christopher Murley - The relief of a clear TB test

Christopher Murley farms in partnership with his parents and two brothers at Higher Bojewyan Farm, Pendeen, on the extreme west tip of Cornwall, where they run 310 pedigree Jerseys and 140 youngstock.
Good Evans: TB result not good and milk cheque deduction

Good Evans: TB result not good and milk cheque deduction

This month Roger Evans suffers the double whammy of more cows going down, plus a large financial penalty for not updating his milk profile, and to cap it all tells us why his IT tuition turns out to be a pretty costly affair too.

More News

Farmers urged to be vigilant as Bluetongue cases confirmed in northern France

Defra has urged farmers to be vigilant for signs of Bluetongue virus (BTV) in the wake of a confirmed case of BTV-8 in northern France, a previously disease-free area.

‘The risks are just too high’ - Major sky lantern festival causes farmer angst

Farmers have spoken of their concern at the prospect of a major sky lantern festival later in the year.

Livestock farmers could face hit as valuable animal feeds used to feed AD

LIVESTOCK producers will have to factor in demand from the biogas industry which has pushed up the price of distillery by-products traditionally used in animal feed.

Outbreaks of bovine TB down 7% - but slaughterings increase

FARM chiefs have welcomed the latest bovine TB (bTB) figures from Defra which showed new outbreaks have fallen by 7 per cent since last year, but acknowledged the decrease will be little comfort to farmers affected by

ADVICE: Resolving boundary disputes on the farm - a look at the options...

Boundary disputes can be one of the most time-consuming and emotionally fraught experiences that farm owners may deal with.
FG Insight and FGInsight.com are trademarks of Briefing Media Ltd.
Farmers Guardian and FarmersGuardian.com are trademarks of Farmers Guardian Ltd, a subsidiary of Briefing Media Ltd.
All material published on FGInsight.com and FarmersGuardian.com is copyrighted © 2016 by Briefing Media Limited. All rights reserved.
RSS news feeds