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Bovine Tuberculosis

Volume 84: debated on Monday 21 October 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the number of cases of bovine tuberculosis among cattle in controlled areas in 1984 and so far in 1985.

Forty-two new herds with visible lesion reactors were disclosed in 1984 in the control areas scheduled in the Badger (Control Areas) Order 1977. The corresponding provisional figure for the period January to June 1985 was 26.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the number of cases of bovine tuberculosis among cattle in 1983, 1984 and so far in 1985 attributed to the illegal movement of diseased cattle; where they occurred; and what was the number of cattle involved.

In 1983, 1984 and so far in 1985 no outbreaks of bovine tuberculosis in cattle have been attributed to the illegal movement of diseased cattle. However, nine confirmed outbreaks in 1983 were attributed to the legal movement of cattle that subsequently proved to have been diseased. The corresponding provisional figures for 1984 and for the first half of 1985 are 15 and ten outbreaks respectively.