Bovine Tuberculosis

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach Shadow Minister, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What research there has been into whether tuberculosis in cattle shows any correlation with the presence or absence of other livestock in the vicinity.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Minister of State (Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Air Quality), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Air Quality), Department for Energy and Climate Change, Minister of State (Department of Energy and Climate Change), Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Air Quality) (also in the Department for Energy and Climate Change), Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

While Defra has not funded any research projects which specifically investigate the association between bovine TB and the presence or absence of other livestock in the vicinity, case control studies TB99 and CCS2005, overseen by the former Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB (ISG) and carried out as part of the randomised badger culling trial (RBCT), considered the presence of other farmed animals on the holding, contiguous and other neighbouring herds as risk factors for bovine tuberculosis. No associations were found.

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