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Tamper probe at show.

COW owners have been accused of trying to milk the Great Yorkshire Show dry - by tampering with their animals' udders.

Show bosses say they are investigating two dairy cows, and have threatened to disqualify anyone caught cheating.

Details of the suspected tampering - a practice which involves manipulating livestock to make it appear more healthy - has not been disclosed as tests are ongoing.

But unscrupulous owners have been known to superglue a cow's udders to hide imperfections, or seal teats so the animal carries more milk.

Vets working for the major three-day agricultural show, which attracts entries from all over Britain, were using ultrasound to scan the udders of prize-winning cows as a matter of routine and reported their suspicions.

Honorary show director Bill Cowling said he could not comment on which animals were under scrutiny or what form of tampering was being alleged, as he is awaiting test results which may take two weeks.

But he described tampering as "heinous" and "despicable".
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 13, 2013
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