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Bovine Tuberculosis

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of agricultural land comprises farms affected by bovine tuberculosis in the last 12 months. (196204)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms in (a) England, (b) Cumbria and (c) Copeland have recorded cases of bovine tuberculosis over the last five years. (196205)

The number of individual new bovine TB herd breakdowns in England and Cumbria in each of the last five years is given in the following table. It is not possible to break the data down to a constituency level.

Number of new bovine TB herd breakdowns

England

Cumbria

2003

2,516

70

2004

2,612

65

20051

2,904

41

20061

2,721

28

20071

3,183

15

1 2005-07 figures are provisional and subject to change as more data becomes available.

Source:

Animal Health database (Vetnet)