Inquiry into BSE farmer

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An Irish farmer is being investigated amid suggestions that he deliberately introduced a BSE-infected animal on to his farm to obtain lucrative compensation for the slaughter of his entire herd.

The garda inquiry into the unnamed Tipperary farmer was prompted by the Irish Department of Agriculture, which discovered a clear discrepancy between the visible age of the infected animal and that shown by its ear-tag. This raised suspicions that the animal's real origins had been concealed. Alan Murdoch