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Bovine TB cattle must be retested
Emma Booton and some of the herd
The cattle will have to be restested in January
Two farmers who refused to slaughter their cattle after they tested positive for bovine TB will have to get them retested in the new year.

Eight of Emma Booton and Samantha Qureshi's cows have been in quarantine since testing positive at their farm in Pensax, Worcestershire, last November.

But the pair refuse to have them slaughtered because they say the test is flawed.

Ms Quereshi said they are delighted the animals have survived until now.

The women maintain they have had cows slaughtered in the past and then been told they did not have the disease.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the test was up to 95% accurate in finding the infection and guidelines state animals must be killed.

Earlier this month the women met Bill Wiggin, MP for Leominster, who said he wanted to visit the farmers to get a better understanding of the situation.

Defra said the cattle will have to be retested in January.

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