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Positive TB tests at 1,100 farms
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Almost 20% of Devon cattle farms had movement restrictions in 2005
More than 1,100 Devon farms were put under restrictions following positive tests for bovine TB in 2005.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) figures said 1,144 had been under restriction at some point by the end of November 2005.

It was the highest number, almost 20% of county cattle farms, since the earliest figures made available by DEFRA of 1998, when it was 272.

However, Defra cautioned that the 2005 figures were still provisional.

The environment ministry added that the increased number of farms tested should also be taken into consideration since this inevitably threw up more positive TB results.

In Cornwall, 635 farms tested positive for TB, according to the figures for 2005.

Defra is putting new cattle control measures in place, which mean many farmers will have to TB test before they sell.

The government is also consulting on possibly culling badgers to see if they are spreading the disease.

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