DEFRA statistics show bovine tuberculosis cases have continued to rise across Great Britain in the first six months of 2011.

The number of new incidents rose by 3.8% increase between January and June.

Combined with a decrease in the number of herds tested over the same period the figures actually show an increase of 6.1% compared to the same period in 2010, according to DEFRA.

The statistics also reveal a rise in the number of cattle slaughtered to control disease with 18,082 killed after testing positive for TB.

This compares to 16,868 during the same period in 2010.

A total of 5,661 herds were under movement restrictions on the last day of the period – 30 June.

Have your say on our badger cull forum.