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Tuberculin-Tested Herds

Volume 244: debated on Tuesday 11 November 1930

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why there are so few tuberculin-tested herds in Scotland as compared with England; and whether the Department of Agriculture is endeavouring to bring about uniformity in the percentage of butter-fat required in England and Scotland for tuberculintested milk?

I think that having regard to the relative populations of the two countries the proportion of milk from licensed tuberculin-tested herds in Scotland does not compare unfavourably and the supply is rising with the demand. I do not think that the higher butter-fat content required in graded milk in Scotland has to any material extent deterred the owners of herds from seeking a graded milk licence.

Is not the testing in England less satisfactory than in Scotland, and has not the failure to have a fixed standard of butter-fat percentage proved disadvantageous in Scotland?