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Government plans radical action on TB

29 January 1999
Government plans radical action on TB

GOVERNMENT ministers are to consider radical new measures to reduce the spread of cattle tuberculosis – now being reported in areas free from the disease for more than 40 years …more…
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Government plans radical action on TB

29 January 1999
Government plans radical action on TB

By Johann Tasker

GOVERNMENT ministers are to consider radical new measures to reduce the spread of cattle tuberculosis – now being reported in areas free from the disease for more than 40 years.

The measures include restricting cattle movements from the TB-infected areas of south-west England, additional localised badger culls and no-go areas for cattle.

Bovine TB has spread so far outside the south-west over the past year that infected cattle have now been found as far north as Derbyshire.

There are also unconfirmed reports that four recent TB outbreaks in Cheshire originated with infected cattle from Shropshire.

Click here to have your say The situation is so bad that additional methods of cutting bovine TB should be urgently examined, said John Bourne, head of the governments badger culling trial.

“Theres a real problem in the UK and Im very worried about it,” he said.

More than 4000 cattle were slaughtered last year because of TB, compared with the 2000 badgers scientists expect to cull in 1999.

Farmers leaders are examining the possibility of securing a limited badger cull in hot-spot areas outside the trial zones.

They are also considering no-go areas for cattle on infected farms and restrictions on the movement of livestock from Devon and Cornwall.

“We have to be aware that some TB is spread by movement of cattle,” said Brian Jennings, chairman of the NFU animal health and welfare committee.

“If these are measures which will be cost-effective … to reduce that risk, then we have to look at them.”

Restricting the movement of cattle would be welcomed by conservation groups opposed to culling badgers.

The National Federation of Badger Groups (NFBG) instead favours increasing the frequency of TB tests for cattle and including TB information on cattle passports.

Dr Elaine King, NFBG conservation officer agreed this week to meet with Mr Jennings in the near future to discuss the ideas further.

“There is a lot of common ground,” she said. “The issue always gets polarised towards badgers and then there are always going to be disagreements about how much they are involved.”

If the two sides can reach agreement, the proposal to restrict cattle movements will then be put to food safety minister Jeff Rooker.

“Ministers will not accept the wholesale slaughter of cattle of cattle or badgers,” said one ministry insider. “But Rooker is open to other suggestions.”

It is likely any acceptable suggestion would be favourably received. The more bovine TB spreads, the greater pressure builds to bring it back under control.

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Government plans radical action on TB

29 January 1999
Government plans radical action on TB

GOVERNMENT ministers are to consider radical new measures to reduce the spread of cattle tuberculosis – now being reported in areas free from the disease for more than 40 years …more…
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Government plans radical action on TB

29 January 1999
Government plans radical action on TB

By Johann Tasker

GOVERNMENT ministers are to consider radical new measures to reduce the spread of cattle tuberculosis – now being reported in areas free from the disease for more than 40 years.

The measures include restricting cattle movements from the TB-infected areas of south-west England, additional localised badger culls and no-go areas for cattle.

Bovine TB has spread so far outside the south-west over the past year that infected cattle have now been found as far north as Derbyshire.

There are also unconfirmed reports that four recent TB outbreaks in Cheshire originated with infected cattle from Shropshire.

The situation is so bad that additional methods of cutting bovine TB should be urgently examined, said John Bourne, head of the governments badger culling trial.

“Theres a real problem in the UK and Im very worried about it,” he said.

More than 4000 cattle were slaughtered last year because of TB, compared with the 2000 badgers scientists expect to cull in 1999.

Farmers leaders are examining the possibility of securing a limited badger cull in hot-spot areas outside the trial zones.

They are also considering no-go areas for cattle on infected farms and restrictions on the movement of livestock from Devon and Cornwall.

“We have to be aware that some TB is spread by movement of cattle,” said Brian Jennings, chairman of the NFU animal health and welfare committee.

“If these are measures which will be cost-effective … to reduce that risk, then we have to look at them.”

Restricting the movement of cattle would be welcomed by conservation groups opposed to culling badgers.

The National Federation of Badger Groups (NFBG) instead favours increasing the frequency of TB tests for cattle and including TB information on cattle passports.

Dr Elaine King, NFBG conservation officer agreed this week to meet with Mr Jennings in the near future to discuss the ideas further.

“There is a lot of common ground,” she said. “The issue always gets polarised towards badgers and then there are always going to be disagreements about how much they are involved.”

If the two sides can reach agreement, the proposal to restrict cattle movements will then be put to food safety minister Jeff Rooker.

“Ministers will not accept the wholesale slaughter of cattle of cattle or badgers,” said one ministry insider. “But Rooker is open to other suggestions.”

It is likely any acceptable suggestion would be favourably received. The more bovine TB spreads, the greater pressure builds to bring it back under control.

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