An isolated outbreak of Bovine TB is a cause for concern for crofting and farming communities in the area says Angus MacNeil MP, SNP Shadow Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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."

The Scottish Government confirmed the outbreak and said its source was unknown.

A government spokesman said: “An outbreak of bovine TB has been confirmed in a herd of cattle on Skye.

“The infected herd is currently under restriction whilst further testing is undertaken.

“The source of the infection is under investigation.”

Farmers union NFU Scotland provided a comment from the owner of the cattle, who wishes to remain anonymous.

He said: “This is an extremely worrying and very difficult time for me.

“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."