07 July 2015 | Online since 2003

New measures announced to help tackle bovine TB



12 June 2014 02:48:11|Animal Health,Cattle,News,Shows and Events

New measures announced to help tackle bovine TB


A consultation proposing further measures to strengthen bovine TB cattle controls has been launched.

The proposals come as new statistics published today show that the tough measures taken to combat bovine TB are starting to have an impact, with the rate of new herd infections at its lowest point for 10 years.

Farming Minister, George Eustice said: "Today’s statistics show that the controls in our bovine TB eradication strategy are beginning to make a difference and the further measures announced today will help even more to bring this devastating disease under control.

"However we cannot become complacent. The impact of bovine TB on our cattle farmers, their families and their communities cannot be overstated. That is why must do everything we can to reach our aim of making the whole of England TB free."

The consultation proposes the removal of pre-movement exemptions for cattle moving between several holdings under the same farm ownership, known as Sole Occupancy Authorities.

This will remove the possibility of some cattle keepers in the high risk and edge areas moving their animals over long distances without any TB testing. There will still be the ability to move cattle between areas of owned land within 10 miles.

Since 1 January 2014 owners of herds who fail to complete their TB surveillance test on time risk seeing their CAP scheme payment reduced, even if the test is delayed by only one day. The consultation also sets out our intention to extend this approach to also include TB tests in restricted herds. Our current approach has already helped achieve a 60% reduction in late TB surveillance tests this year. As is the case now, farmers will not be penalised where there are good reasons for missing a TB testing deadline.

Defra has also confirmed today that from 1 October 2014 we will no longer allow the partial de-restriction of TB-breakdown holdings. This means that from that date movement restrictions will apply to all cattle on a farm until all the animals have achieved officially TB free status.

There are a number of options available to cattle keepers to help manage the impacts of this change. For example cattle farmers with separate cattle management groups could consider registering some cattle under a separate county parish holding so that if TB is found in just one group the number of cattle subject to movement restrictions could be limited.

The latest bovine TB statistics show that the monthly incidence rate, which is the proportion of new outbreaks discovered through testing, was around 3.25%. This is the lowest rate since 2004 and follows a similarly low rate in February of 3.5%.

Download





1 Comment


Name

Please enter your name


Email

Comment

Please enter your comment


Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.



14-06-2014 13:14 PM | Posted by: Graham Shepherd
What a pity the badger obsession distracted the government from making these decisions years ago.

Jobs


Start Date: 7 July 2015
G211: Trainee Dairy Specialist - North East England

A well established and reputable Agricultural Business serving farmers in the North of England is currently seeking a Trainee...


Start Date: 17 June 2015
Job for Harvest Worker, Tractor Driver Primarily grain carting.Happy to work with dairy cows>>>Stowmarket

 Family farm,  2000 acres arable cropping including contract farms. Dairy Herd milking 200  cow...


Start Date: 23 June 2015
Harvest tractor driving job in East Yorkshire (2 positions available)

LKL Farming is a family farming business growing 1600 acres of arable crops including vining peas, oilseed rape, spring beans...


Start Date: 2 July 2015
General Farm Worker: permanent job in Hertfordshire.

An opportunity has arisen in South Herts to join a team of 4 on a mixed livestock unit with specific responsibilities for&nbs...


Start Date: 22 June 2015
Skilled arable operator. Permanent job in Suffolk

We are looking for a skilled arable operator with PA1 and PA2 certificates who also has experience of spraying operations.&nb...





Top stories you may have missed
5 June 2015 | Cattle

A strong pound and increased red meat imports coupled with a plentiful dome...


5 June 2015 | Arable

Depression is affecting Wales' farming industry and there is a need to use ...


5 June 2015 | Arable

With just one week to go before the final judging and announcement of the w...


5 June 2015 | Finance

A rural law expert has highlighted the importance of good succession planni...


5 June 2015 | Farmshops

A south Yorkshire dairy farming family is pulling out all the stops to prom...


4 June 2015 | Finance

Predicting what is going to happen to wheat prices is a challenge, but in s...


4 June 2015 | Agri Safety

A Lancashire based livestock theft prevention scheme is aiming to go nation...


4 June 2015 | News

A female farmer has been recognised by the farming and conservation industr...


4 June 2015 | Finance

The new Conservative government appears to be preparing to implement cuts f...


4 June 2015 | Arable

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will have mobile support units at the follo...


Username
Password