Dairy farmer, Rupert Dyke, at Court Farm, in Buckhorn Weston near Gillingham
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Buckhorn Weston farmer's cow cull due to TB threat

A Dorset farmer says he has been forced to send 15 cows to be slaughtered in the last 18 months because of the threat of TB, despite none of his animals testing positive for the disease.

Rupert Dyke, of Court Farm, in Buckhorn Weston near Gillingham, believes the virus is being brought in from outside his farm.

Cows can be killed if two tests for TB come back as "inconclusive".

Last year, 36,000 cows were killed in the UK under TB control measures.

BBC Points West's Andrew Plant reports.

  • 17 Oct 2012
  • From the section Dorset