DEFRA bovine TB report, Boar contraceptive, Milk vodka
The latest epidemiological report from DEFRA points to cattle movement as a significant cause of the transfer of Bovine TB. Plus contraceptive darts for wild boar and milk vodka.
The latest epidemiological report from DEFRA points to cattle movement as a significant cause of transfer of Bovine TB. It says that in the Midlands inward cattle movement accounted for the majority of cases of Bovine TB in beef fattener herds, and was the source of infection in a third of new cases in herds with fewer than 350 cattle.
All this week we're looking at the Alcohol industry and today we hear from a farmer making Vodka from milk. Jason Barber was trying to work out how he could make two pence a litre more on his milk. In Siberia they make vodka from yak's milk, which is what gave him the idea. The curds and whey are separated; the curds go into making cheese and then they extract the milk sugar from the whey, which makes the vodka.
Wild boar in the Forest of Dean are on the increase. The District Council is now urging Defra to take action, and some people believe contraceptive darts could be a solution.
Communities in the south west, particularly Devon and Somerset, and parts of the north of England have been warned to be prepared for possible flooding and disruption. Nick Miller at the BBC Weather Centre tells us what we can expect from the rest of the week.