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Dr Christianne Glossop, the chief Welsh veterinary surgeon has admitted that bovine TB is “undeniably out of control in Wales”.

In the first year of an eradication programme, to which £27m has been allocated over the next four years, and to get a clear picture of the extent of the problem the Welsh assembly is to carry out a one-off test in every cattle herd in Wales.

This will mean testing around 400,000 cattle on the 35% of farms not scheduled to be routinely tested.

Efforts will also be made to speed up the removal of reactors.

Legal authority will also be sought to allow badgers to be culled in a pilot area where TB is a serious problem that cannot be linked to poor bio-security or movements of cattle or people.

More to follow.

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