I’m David Barton and I’m a beef farmer based in the picturesque Cotswolds in Gloucestershire. The farm has been in my family for five generations and it’s a real family business. I love the life farming affords me – I live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country surrounded by amazing scenery – and can’t think of a better way of life.


We currently have around 160 head of stock which are bred and reared for beef production. They graze in the fields around the farm and, even if I do say so myself, they are amazing and beautiful creatures.


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  1. Hello.

    Just watched and shared your truly amazing and honest video.

    I live in Germany where there is (luckily) no TB.

    My wife and I (I am 15 stone and 6’3′ ex rugby player) both shed a tear seeing the trauma you went through.

    I used to work on a family friends dairy in Berkshire and they have now had TB for 3 or 4 years with constant repeaters coming up so we know the pain.

    All the best for the future and stay strong! “don’t let the bastards get you down!”

    Jeremy & Carmen Gibbs.

  2. Very sad, but I am so grateful that you shared it with others – hopefully we all share it so those outside of the small farming world see the reality of what happens.

  3. As a NZ Dairy Farmer I totally can sympathise with your plight. It is an awful thing having to witness, we are fortunate enough here that we have managed to control the spread of TB. But from the bottom of my heart I truly feel for you, your family and your livestock.

  4. A farmers life is not an easy one and the majority of people do not realize half of what goes on. It must have been dreadful for you to loose some of your prized animals and even harder for you to share it with others. Keep your chin up.

  5. Matt, just out of interest, how do you control the spread of TB in NZ? I am 100% for the badger cull, having worked in the countryside (hunting yards) i have seen first hand the destruction TB can cause. I can only hope and pray that this is the end of the nightmare for David and his family. I’m so sorry for Ernie and the heffers, but he lived a great life with you, which is a consolation

  6. We use a strict transport control policy i.e. cattle that are known to be in a ‘high risk’ region are NOT aloud to transported into a low risk region..And NZ Conservation Dept use the very controversial 1080 poison in the eradication of Possums, these are a pest here in NZ and not native also to NZ. They thrive here in the NZ climate and have no natural predators…and you are aloud to shot them year round. Apart from TB carriers they also destroy a lot of native bush, eat and kill native birds…Some country schools hold a fund raiser whereby the local farmers allow access to their farms to shoot possums, the most shot over a 24 hour period wins the grand prize..;-) We shot 483 in 24 hours..and came 4th!! The proceeds of the fur goes to the school..

  7. David. Being a medical student in a large city, and yet coming from a farming area I have seen both end of this truly horrific disease, and felt compelled to thank you for your courage in posting this. Never would I usually comment, but I felt it so utterly poignant that I had to. Few people are close enough to the industry to understand the realities stock owners have to face in such situations. Fewer still understand the need to husband an adapted landscape for industry and CONTROL its ‘pest’ populations generally to that end, not to obliterate them. Cries for evidence I can appreciate, good medicine and good politics should always be evidence based, but to what extent do we take this? The control of ubiquitous rabbits, squirrels, jays and magpies? Are they so much less deserving in the eyes of those opposed to this? Indeed in the absence of an adequate bovine vaccine, the common sense approach is surely to allow management until one is available, and if remaining against this position, to watch videos such as this before condemning breaches of the law.

  8. I grew up on a farm and my father loved his animals as you clearly do , I was so saddened watching this . I don’t understand why there is still no vaccine for cattle , when there appears to be one for badgers . Such a dreadful waste of otherwise healthy animals is quite appalling .

  9. David,

    I don’t like beef and actually I’m a vegetarian, but your story touched me.

    I also don’t believe in vaccinations, so I can’t imagine an easy solution to the problem. Perhaps it is just nature’s way?

    Good luck with it all, your courage is a true inspiration!




    • Thank you Sinead for your comments, it’s really good to hear that from you, you recognise the human side to all of this so many with polarised views seem to miss it altogether which is a shame.
      You have restored my faith in humanity .Many thanks Sinead

  10. Hi David,

    I stumbled upon your video while researching farming…

    Although your video was so incredibly sad, my spirits were lifted when I saw your obvious anguish (I didn’t take any delight in witnessing your pain, but was wonderful to see that not all farmers treat their animals purely as profit-based-meat-machines).

    I’m vegetarian so I am against raising animals for consumption, but I respect you for acknowledging that your cows are sentient beings which deserve respect.

    Please accept my condolences for the beautiful animals you lost 😦 And please accept my respect for the manner and compassion in which you treated your beautiful animals. My heart broke while watching this, I honestly feel for you and your position. I am glad you shared this video with the public domain.


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