“The cattle that tested positive on the farm have been slaughtered and further laboratory
tests are now underway to see if they have TB.
“Waiting for those results is very stressful but I want to get to the bottom of this,
get my herd restrictions lifted and get my TB-free status back as quickly as possible
and I will work with the authorities to do that.”
The outbreak is a cause for concern for crofting and farming communities in the area
says MP Angus MacNeil MP, SNP Shadow Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural
Mr MacNeil said: “This is a developing situation and while a cause for concern Scotland
has an excellent record in dealing with such isolated outbreaks.
“Scotland has been officially ‘TB free’ since 2009 and it is important to all in
the industry that we keep this valuable status.
“I am certain that the Scottish Government is doing everything in its power to contain
the risk and will support any crofters or farmers affected through what must be a
worrying and difficult time.”
Bovine TB outbreak in Skye
11 August 2017
An outbreak of bovine TB has been confirmed in a herd of cattle on Skye.
Some 20 cattle have been culled after they tested positive for tuberculosis
A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “The infected herd is currently under restriction
whilst further testing is undertaken.
“The source of the infection is under investigation.”
The farmer involved issued a statement via NFU Scotland.
He said: “This is an extremely worrying and very difficult time for me.