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Action called for over bovine TB

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11 September 2008 - BBC News

Farmers have called for more government action after six cases of bovine tuberculosis were reported in west Cornwall. The cases were all in the Lizard Peninsula. The number of cases has been rising by about 20% every year across the county.

Defra said it recognised the disease was on the increase and it was committed to working with the farming industry to decide what action to take.

But Jacquelyn Jenkin, whose Holstein Friesian herd has been hit at her farm in St Martin, wants the government to act immediately. She is the vice-chaiman of the West Cornwall National Farmers' Union (NFU), which favours a cull of badgers which many people blame for the spread of bovine TB.

But in July Environment Secretary Hilary Benn decided against a mass cull, saying the disease should be controlled through better surveillance and biosecurity and more money would be available for the development of a vaccine.

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