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Recurring bovine TB breakdowns challenged the profitability of the Sockett family’s suckler beef business, so they switched to rearing dairy bull calves in a housed system to reduce infection risk and improve cashflow. The catalyst for change was a major breakdown, which resulted in the loss of 27 animals. “That was devastating but TB was also ruining our store beef enterprise,” says Dennis, who farms 150ha at Moeliwrch, near Oswestry, with his son, Jonny. See also: Tougher bovine TB controls introduced […]