A farm yesterday lost its battle to save eight cows when vets won a court warrant to slaughter the animals after they tested positive for bovine TB.
District Judge Bruce Morgan, sitting at Worcester Magistrates' Court, said he had no alternative other than to take the "sad decision" to grant the warrant to Worcester County Council.
The local authority applied for the order with backing from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) after eight cows tested positive for TB at Lower Snead Farm in Pensax, Worcestershire.
The farm owners refused to give up the animals for slaughter after the tests on November 1 last year, claiming the procedure was flawed.
But Defra vet Steve Gillgan said he was satisfied the tests were conducted properly.
Giving evidence, Mr Gillgan said the skin tests were up to 95 per cent accurate and that wildlife and cattle in the area around Pensax had been very badly affected by the disease.
Announcing his ruling, the judge described Mrs Booton as a hard-working lady who had done nothing wrong.
He said: "I am left with no alternative and with great sadness I grant the application." ..SUPL: