Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th January 2010.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Shadow Secretary of State (Environment)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle were slaughtered as a consequence of bovine tuberculosis precautions in (a) Cumbria and (b) England in each of the last 24 months.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Farming and the Environment)

As data from Vetnet (the Animal Health Database) are produced three months in arrears, figures cannot be provided for the last three months. The following table shows the total of animals slaughtered(1) due to a TB incident in (a) Cumbria and (b) England in the last 24 months for which figures are available(2) (up to September 2009):

(1 )Animals slaughtered include monthly numbers of cattle removed for TB control reasons (i.e. test reactors and direct contacts) from herds affected by a TB incident in each jurisdiction.

(2 )Data from Vetnet are provisional and subject to change as more data become available.

England Cumbria
September 1,935 <5
August 1,478 <5
July 1,728 <5
June 1,996 5
May 1,618 7
April 2,490 <5
March 2,717 8
February 2,592 <5
January 3,090 6
December 2,502 101
November 2,753 9
October 1,977 25
September 2,224 <5
August 1,587 <5
July 2,189 5
June 2,070 5
May 1,799 <5
April 3,373 89
March 2,185 <5
February 2,185 <5
January 2,526 5
December 2,202 <5
November 2,151 <5
October 1,924 <5

To protect the anonymity of individual farmers, months with a slaughter count of less than 5 animals are given <5.


Vetnet-Animal Health Database.

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