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 herds were tested for bovine tuberculosis in the badger cull areas of (a) Gloucestershire area 01, (b) Somerset area 02 and (c) Dorset area 03 in each of the calendar years 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. This report includes the number of herds in each of the cull areas. These herds have remained in an annual testing area since 2010, which means they are required to be skin tested each year. Any herd with overdue testing will have been put under movement restrictions until tested with negative results. Some herds will have been tested more than once a year if they have had their official TB-free status suspended or withdrawn, and any licenced finishing units may be exempt from skin testing but subject to slaughterhouse surveillance. The data is published in 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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