Condemned cattle from a Westcountry farm hit by bovine TB that recieved a visit from NFU president Meurig Raymond last week have been taken away for slaughter.
Dairy farmer Paul Gould, who was preparing to lead the roll out of the badger cull to Dorset, until the Government failed to back the project, helped load up 31 in-calf heifers on Monday. Another five cows that failed the TB test were taken away yesterday.
Mr Gould’s wife, Hazel, said all the family, include son Andrew and daughter Sarah were on hand to see the 20-month-old heifers taken away.
They were due to give birth to their first calves, replacements for the family’s herd of pedigree British Friesians in August. The Gould’s have run a closed herd at West Stour, near Gillingham, for nearly 50 years. They and their vet believes diseased badgers infected the cattle.
Mrs Gould said: “When the calves were loaded up all the cows rushed up to see what was going on. It was a dreadful sight. When you breed young heifers you don’t expect to have to see them go off for slaughter like this.” Last week Mr Raymond visited to commiserate with the family and stress the NFU continues to press for a roll-out of the cull.