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Farming Today has been focusing on TB this week and its impacts on farmers and livestock. When an animal fails a TB test, all live cattle movements on or off the affected farm are banned. As most beef farmers rely on selling livestock to make a profit, the effects can be devastating for business. However a handful of cattle marts in England can offer TB-hit farmers a lifeline - running 'restricted sales', where healthy cattle from closed herds are sold to approved buyers for fattening. Vernon Harwood reports from the TB Restricted Auction at Frome Livestock Market in Somerset.
The NFU is raising concerns over the release of sky lanterns this summer: small paper lanterns over a wire or bamboo frame, with a small burner in the middle. When lit, the paper fills with hot air and floats off. It may look pretty but farmers say the lanterns pose a major risk to farmland and livestock - and are calling on councils to ban their release. Lawrence Matthews has a mixed arable, cattle and sheep fa