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A Scottish farmer has today spoken of his devastation after mad cow disease was discovered among his herd.
Thomas Jackson said he had taken pride in doing everything correctly and it was 'heartbreaking' to be told the dead animal had mad cow disease.
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His farm in the Huntly area in Aberdeenshire is currently on lockdown as health officials desperately try to determine its source.
Investigators have stressed there is no risk to public health, and the case shows the surveillance system is working effectively.
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Mr Jackson spoke of his devastation in a statement issued through the National Farmers Union in Scotland.
He said: 'This has been a very difficult time for myself and my wife and we have found the situation personally devastating.
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'We have built up our closed herd over many years and have always taken great pride in doing all the correct things.
'To find through the surveillance system in place that one of our cows has BSE has been heartbreaking.
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'Since this has happened we have been fully cooperating with all the parties involved and will continue to do so as we like everyone want to move forward and clear up this matter.'
The farmer said several other cows will be slaughtered and tested for BSE, known in full as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, as a precaution.
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Scotland's chief veterinary officer said she believes the disease was not transmitted, and occurred spontaneously in the affected animal.
But she warned it could be several months before investigators can say for certain.
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Sheila Voas told BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland radio programme: 'All the information we have is this is under control, there's no reason for people to panic.
'It's not the start of an outbreak, it's a single isolated case that won't affect the food chain.'
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Routine testing found an animal which died on the farm in Huntly on October 2 was...
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