Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th July 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the need to increase biosecurity to stop the transmission of Bovine TB.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government’s March 2020 response to the independent Bovine TB Strategy Review led by Professor Sir Charles Godfray noted that good biosecurity will not, on its own, resolve the bovine TB epidemic. Even so, herd biosecurity is an essential element of our programme and will help us to bank the benefits from other multiple interventions. Progress made since then includes the development of a new Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHECS) TB entry level herd accreditation membership, the design of which was commissioned by Defra, and completion of a tender exercise for the delivery of a new and expanded TB Advisory Service for livestock farmers in England. Announcements on the new service will be made in the coming weeks. We are also working with the British Cattle Veterinary Association on a new bovine TB training offer for private sector vets and developing new tools to help herd owners understand the risks posed by cattle movements. Further work to take forward the commitments in the Government response are either in progress or are being planned.

Information on CHECS can be found at:

https://tbhub.co.uk/preventing-tb-breakdowns/protect-your-herd-from-bovine-tb/protect-your-herd-checs-accreditation/

https://checs.co.uk/

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