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Bovine Tuberculosis

Volume 704: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many new incidents of bovine tuberculosis were reported in 2008; how many cattle were culled; at what cost to farmers and the taxpayer; and what were the comparable figures for the past five years. [HL5633]

The information requested is provided in the table below. The data provided are for England:

Year

Total Number of New TB Herd Incidents

Number of Cattle Slaughtered Under TB Control Measures

Compensation 2

2008

2,0091

14,2231

£21,663,1883

2007

3,183

19,794

£14,674,397

2006

2,721

16,007

£16,905,990

2005

2,904

23,135

£32,137,697

2004

2,612

17,306

£21,759,277

2003

2,516

17,551

£23,450,663

Notes:

All data provided are provisional and subject to changes as more data become available.

Data for the number of new herd incidents and cattle slaughtered are sourced from the Animal Health Database (Vetnet). 2005-07 data extracted on 18 March 2008, and 2003 and, 2004 data extracted on 7 March 2006.

1 Provisional data for 1 January to 30 June 2008. Data downloaded from the Animal Health Data Warehouse (Vetnet) on 6 August 2008.

2 Compensation—includes payments to farmers for reactors and contact animals which are compulsorily slaughtered. This figure also includes payments for haulage/valuers fees and salvage money received by the Government for those carcasses which are permitted to go into the food chain or are eligible for over 30 month scheme payments. Source of information is Defra's Oracle financial system.

3 Provisional figure for 1 January to 30 September 2008.