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Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th July 2019.

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Photo of Emma Hardy Emma Hardy Labour, Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for a peer-reviewed analysis of the effectiveness of badger culling in reducing the incidence of Bovine Tuberculosis in cattle herds in areas where badger culling schemes has been running for three years or more.

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

Rigorous statistical analysis, which adjusts for differences related to the risk of TB in cattle, has been carried out to measure any association between badger culling and cattle TB incidence in comparison to areas where badger culling has not taken place. This analysis covers data from four years of culling in Areas 1 and 2 (Gloucestershire and Somerset), and two years of culling in Area 3 (Dorset), and has been submitted to a peer-review journal.

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