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Bovine Tuberculosis

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle have died or been slaughtered in (a) England, (b) Cumbria and (c) Copeland constituency because of bovine tuberculosis over the last five years. (196206)

Our extensive bovine TB testing programme ensures that, generally, cattle showing signs of exposure to bovine TB are identified and slaughtered before the disease has become too advanced. Cattle with advanced bovine TB, or cattle dying from the disease, are very rarely found.

The number of cattle slaughtered under bovine TB control measures in England and Cumbria is shown in the following table. It is not possible to break the data down to a constituency level.

Number of cattle slaughtered1

England

Cumbria

2003

17,551

275

2004

17,306

510

20052

23,135

168

20062

16,007

114

20072

19,794

29

1 Includes cattle slaughtered as skin and gamma-interferon test reactors, skin test inconclusive reactors and direct contacts.

2 2005-07 figures are provisional, subject to change as more data become available.