A farmer whose cows are facing slaughter after BSE was discovered on his farm has been left “heartbroken”.


The case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as “mad cow disease”, was discovered in Thomas Jackson’s beef herd at Boghead Farm in Lumsden, between Huntly and Alford, in Aberdeenshire.


The case involved a five-year-old pedigree Aberdeen Angus cow and the disease was discovered during routine testing of animals that die on a farm aged more than 48 months.


Four more cows from the herd in the bloodline are facing slaughter.