Goats injected with radioactive chemicals could be buried in Berkshire. The animals, said to have been experimented on in the 1950s and 60s, could now be buried on land in Shinfield. Those living nearby have raised concerns after learning scientists at the University of Reading injected the goats with radioactive isotopes. The experiments were said to have been looking into how radiation affected milk and metabolism. It formed part of research into milk production and the dairy industry, by The National Institute for Research in Dairying (NIRD), based in Shinfield and closed in 1985. The goats were apparently ‘famous in folklore’, according to one American professor, Margaret Neville. Burying dead livestock is now banned to stop the spread of disease. But before the 2003 ban, farmers would reportedly often bury dead animals in pits on their own land.
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