Bovine Tuberculosis: South West

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 19th March 2019.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many bovine tuberculosis (a) new herd incidents and (b) officially free status withdrawn cases there were in the (i) Gloucestershire 01, (ii) Somerset 02 and (iii) Dorset 03 badger cull areas in each calendar year from 2010 to 2018.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

A report providing analysis of TB incidence in cattle for the licensed badger control areas of Gloucestershire and Somerset, which began in 2013, and Dorset, which began in 2015, has been published. It also covers the first year of badger control operations in a further seven areas.

The report provides information on Officially TB Free Withdrawn incidents in the three years prior to badger control operations in the three areas, and the number of herds in each area at the start of badger control operations. The data is published on the below link and will be updated in due course.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bovine-tb-incidence-of-tb-in-cattle-in-licenced-badger-control-areas-in-2013-to-2017

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