NICK Herbert MP, the shadow secretary of state for DEFRA, has visited Holsowrthy to meet farmers. His visit was described by Torridge and Westt Devon MP Geoffrey Cox as useful and important" in developing a future Conservative government's policy toward

NICK Herbert MP, the shadow secretary of state for DEFRA, has visited Holsowrthy to meet farmers.His visit was described by Torridge and Westt Devon MP Geoffrey Cox as "useful and important" in developing a future Conservative government's policy towards the control of bovine TB.The Shadow Cabinet Minister toured the Holsworthy Market with Mr Cox and Torridge District Council Leader Cllr James Morrish, and then met around 30 local farmers at the White Hart to discuss the issue. Mr Herbert told the group: "The Conservatives understand the desperate need to take action now, without waiting what may be years for an effective vaccine, and that is why we support the views of many farmers that a targeted and humane cull of badgers must be a part of the action necessary to tackle Bovine TB." He continued: "This is not just about cattle, it is also an animal welfare issue for the badgers - those that have TB are unwell and suffering." Mr Cox said: "This was an extremely useful and important meeting; the Shadow Secretary of State for DEFRA has clearly stated that the next Conservative Government will take the necessary serious action to tackle this terrible disease that is killing so many cattle and blighting the livelihoods of farming communities in areas like ours.