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TB strategy ahead of schedule

Posted at December 17, 2016 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment

England is set to apply for Officially TB-Free (OTF) status for more than half of the country next year – two years ahead of schedule. Gaining OTF status for the low risk area, which covers the north and east of England, should boost trade opportunities and mean some herds require less regular TB testing, reducing costs for farmers.

Achieving this status is a key step in the Government’s 25-year plan for the whole of the UK to be TB-free by 2038 and it could also make beef exports from the UK more attractive for trade partners around the world.

Other measures announced as part of the plan to eradicate bovine TB are as follows:

Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, said: “This year we have seen that badger control can be delivered successfully on a wider scale. Further expansion in the coming years, alongside our robust cattle movement and testing regime, will allow us to achieve and maintain long term reductions in the level of TB across the South West and Midlands where the disease is currently widespread.”

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