Cornwall college gets £5m for animal disease prevention

image captionThe college hopes the Healthy Livestock Project scheme will spread nationally

A Cornwall college has received more than £5m to help farmers in South West England keep their cattle healthy.

Duchy College said its Healthy Livestock Project would allow farmers to have more contact with vets and be shown how to control livestock disease.

Diseases such as mastitis and lameness cost the industry more than £100m a year, the college said.

Farmers would also be able to claim costs for measures to prevent such diseases, it added.

The college said it hoped the scheme, funded by the Rural Development Programme for England, would eventually spread nationally.

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