The situation at the Skandavale sanctuary in West Wales, does not appear to be going away any time soon.
After the much publicised demise of Shambo, the sacred bullock, who proved positive for bovine tuberculosis, the sensitivety of previous test reactions was ratcheted down to include two more animals who, now assessed under ' severe interpretation', await slaughter at the Minister's pleasure.
But a further herd test last week has apparently revealed more problems.
ic Wales , the internet based Welsh news company reported that four water buffalo and a cow gave an inconclusive result to last week's test.
The sanctuary is also home to several goats, deer and an elephant.
At what stage of an unresolving bTb outbreak we wonder, would the ISG's proposal for whole herd slaughter, which we discussed in the posting below, be initiated?
We aren't supporting this option in any way, but on the table for discussion, it most certainly is.
After delays in serving slaughter notices due to FMD standstills, the two animals now in reactor status at the Skandavale 'sanctuary' have been slaughtered.
Under a headline 'More Hindu cattle to be slaughtered", Farmers Weekly describes the animals in question as a yearling water buffalo and "a 16-year-old Jersey bullock, which has been unable to stand for a year".
There are times when words fail me.