Government removed and destroyed our healthy cow, farmer claims
Farmers have accused Defra of breaking into their barn, seizing and killing a healthy cow over fears that it had tuberculosis.
Hilary and Trevor Ogden, who farm in Oakridge Lynch, Gloucestershire, said the Animal and Plant Health Agency, an executive Government agency, removed Cleo the cow while they were out.
Cleo and another cow, Jasmine, returned inconclusive results when the whole herd was tested for TB in July.
But the couple say their vet Rob Darvill re-tested the animals in September and gave them the all-clear.
Despite this they claim Defra insisted that Cleo should be destroyed.
They discovered on returning home last Thursday that their farm gate was off its hinges and a warrant was stuck to the front door - and the cow had been removed.
Mrs Ogden, 74, said: "We said we would send Jasmine, but not Cleo and asked for a blood test for her.
"But Defra were insistent that Cleo also be destroyed. It's like living in a police state, we've got no say in any of this."