bTB 'could finish off dairy farming'
PUBLISHED: 14:19 06 February 2010 | UPDATED: 08:35 28 March 2014
FEBRUARY 5, 2010: The bovine TB epidemic could put an end to dairy farming unless the Government takes decisive action on badgers, says a leading scientist.
“I wonder whether Britain will still be a dairy farming country if this continues,” he said. “The problem needs to be addressed with great seriousness.”
More than 16,000 dairy cattle were slaughtered in the 2007/8 milk year as a result of TB testing – equivalent to 114 million litres of lost milk supply and, as a result, milk production has fallen to its lowest level in 37 years.