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Local vet tells of working at full stretch to deal with upsurge of Bovine TB on farms

William Smith

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William Smith

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A local veterinary surgeon said yesterday (Tuesday) he has been “finding Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) everywhere” on farms in the area, with some farmers facing the loss of up to 50 percent of their herds.

David Stewart, from Strule Vets, based in Omagh and Newtownstewart, said some areas of West Tyrone were particularly prevalent with TB and felt that the situation had got steadily worse.

“Over the past number of years, we are finding TB everywhere,” Mr Stewart explained. He added that a number of townlands around Omagh were particular problem areas.

“This Thursday I have two tests to read and I dread going near it. One local farmer had 89 cows down with TB. It is horrible when you run into those kind of  situations.

“While I haven’t done much testing in Greencastle, it is clear there is also a problem there. I am expecting the department to buy out one farmer. Basically 50 percent of his herd is down – a total of 16 reactors out of 27 animals.

“When I was testing that day, even I left the farm very upset and annoyed. This man has been a client for as long as I can remember and is only trying to make a living. It is such a shame.”

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