Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 6th June 2018.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cattle tested positive for bovine tuberculosis in 2017.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

During 2017, 32,416 cattle were compulsorily slaughtered in England because they responded to the tuberculin skin test or interferon-gamma test in a way that was consistent with being infected with Mycobacterium bovis. Official statistics on TB in cattle in Great Britain can be found at

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