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Animals: Disease Control

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many livestock disease reactors were identified through pre-movement testing in each year such testing has been in operation. (227316)

The information requested is as follows.

TB contribution

The numbers of bovine tuberculosis (TB) reactor cattle identified in England each year since TB pre-movement testing became mandatory in March 2006, are given in the following table:

Number of TB reactors identified in England by pre-movement testing

Number

2008 (1 January-31 July 2008)

184

2007 (1 January-31 December 2007)

372

2006 (27 March-31 December 2006)

278

Source:

Animal Health database (10 September 2008)

Pre-movement testing applied to cattle over 15 months old from 27 March 2006 and was extended to cattle over 42 days old from 1 March 2007.

Cumulative TB pre-movement statistics are updated monthly and are published on the DEFRA website. The published figures are an underestimate of the impact of the policy and show the minimum benefits. The number of reactors identified does 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 ended up as reactors when retested.