Email to warmwell.com received 30th June 2014
Really pleased to see that Warmwell is still bang up to date with the key issues - Monsanto etc, and the Bovine TB.
Am presently at desk pending a conversation with a Ministry vet about our latest so called 'reactor,' actually twice an IR so has to go; as last year, the best heifer with a lovely heifer calf, from the family of my best cow that I kept alive through FMD - now Maff, having changed its spots to DEFRA, are still coming back for them!
To add insult to injury, the so called 'compensation' really is inadequate this year, at £200 less -
I was not about to sell this freshly calved four year-old heifer cow with a tank full of milk
and a calf at foot; the money won't pay for her, let alone the cost of replacement milk powder,
the time and hassle of feeding the calf, and the ongoing cost of re-testing, etc.
I have fat cattle here I have been keeping back as the price is low, and the compensation is based on this suppressed low price.
Leaving the money aside, this fatuous policy is a nightmare - did you hear the recent Radio Four programme
about changes to the Meat Hygiene Service, so that Meat Inspectors will not be allowed to touch carcasses - look only -
and that last year (I believe) 32,000 pigs heads were rejected due to the (felt) presence of either abscesses
or TB lesions inside their skull; 'File on Four's issue was that this material will now proceed into the food chain
to be served up as pies, etc.
The official response, once disentangled, seemed to mean that boiled and spread throughout the tonnage per batch, this material would be safe and of no consequence, and I wouldn't argue with that (might prefer not to eat it though).
My issue is TB lesions in pigs heads!
I appreciate we don't want to scare the public off meat altogether - but what is the point of a policy that leaves so many facets uncovered, ie TB in sheep (not monitored), deer, foxes, cats, dogs, (rats?) as well as badgers. I think your correspondent who referred to the Badger legislation being at fault is correct - once the old boys could no longer take a badger for hams, sporrans, shaving brushes etc, the maintained healthy population became an uncontrolled expanding population with no natural predators; had they merely banned taking of badgers for baiting or other cruel practices all might have been a lot better.
Thanks for keeping warmwell going. (name and address supplied)