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Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how may cases there have been of stockholders refusing to have animals slaughtered when they have been diagnosed with bovine tuberculosis in the last 12 months. (233871)

Some stockholders do, at least initially, resist Government efforts to remove and slaughter cattle that have reacted positively to a diagnostic test for bovine TB. However, after discussing their options with officials from Animal Health, almost all such stockholders agree to the removal of their test positive cattle.

Our records indicate that, in the last 12 months, 66 stockholders refused to allow their test positive animals to be removed. In 55 of these cases the TB positive animals have now been removed with the owners’ agreement—leaving 11 cases yet to be resolved.