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Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals had a pre-movement test for bovine tuberculosis in 2007; and how many of those were found to be reactors. (179662)

In England, between 1 January and 30 November 2007, 344,638 dedicated TB pre-movement tests were carried out. As a result 357 reactors were detected.

The figures are an underestimate of the impact of the policy and show the minimum benefits only. The number of reactors identified do not take into account the benefits of herd owners utilising Government paid TB surveillance tests as pre-movement tests or the number of inconclusive reactors identified by pre-movement testing which have become reactors when retested.

Cumulative pre-movement statistics (from September 2005 onwards) are updated monthly and published on the DEFRA website.