TB showdown at Eatons Farm

 (picture)  :Trading Standards senior animal and welfare inspector Andy Williams (right) cautions Andy and Nicola Morris after he is refused entry to their farm]
FURIOUS farmers Nicola and Andy Morris defied a Government culling squad this morning and ordered officials off their land.
A heated row erupted when Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and trading standards officials came to take cows off Eatons Farm, Church Lane, Tibberton, near Droitwich.
Government officials have ordered two cows from the 60-strong herd to be killed because a test shows they are harbouring the TB virus.
But Mr and Mrs Morris claim the cows have shown no sign of disease.
The Evening News was at the scene this morning as Andy Williams, senior animal health and welfare inspector for Worcestershire Trading Standards, told the couple: "You know why we are here. You have received a proper notice about TB reactors on this farm. We are asking you today to comply with this notice."
However, Mr Morris and his wife Nicola - who famously resisted a Defra slaughter during the foot-and-mouth crisis - would not budge. They were cautioned and told they would be reported to the police for obstruction. The officials are now seeking a warrant for their arrest.
Mr Morris said: "We have been issued a B-form saying there's an intention to slaughter our cows but we should have also been issued an A-form telling us our rights.
"We feel we've never been treated fairly or told our rights in this situation. We want to take this to court and have our case heard.
"All we are asking is for the cows to be re-tested. We don't believe they have TB and we don't believe the tests are accurate."
Mrs Morris claims the test that condemned the cows is only 50 per cent accurate. Five other tests were inconclusive and the rest of the herd tested negative.
She has protested against the decision to cull her animals for 100 days - during which time none of them have shown signs of the disease - proof, says Mrs Morris, they are in good health.
But Defra maintains the cows are infected and has agreed to pay #5,000 compensation for them.
A spokesman said it was acting in the farmer's and animals' best interests, adding: "We do not want animals becoming clinically sick and suffering welfare problems.
"If these cows are kept on the farm with the rest of the herd they present a huge risk of passing infection onto the rest of the cattle."
He said the TB test was around 90 per cent accurate.