Wales is to get a share of million of pounds of European money to help shoulder the cost of bovine TB testing and compensation paid to farmers.
The EU Commission has approved Wales’ approach to eradicating bovine TB, which includes a badger vaccination programme and financial penalties for farmers who don’t undertake TB tests within a specified testing window.
Wales has also initiated a survey of badgers found dead and runs a scheme known as Cymorth TB – Support TB – which delivers practical support to cattle farmers to manage bovine TB.
The commission approval of the eradication plan will entitle Wales to a share of an estimated £22.9m (€31m) awarded to the UK to help eradicate bovine TB.
Wales’ deputy minister for farming and food, Rebecca Evans, said the approval was welcome and was recognition of Wales’ commitment to tackling the disease.
“It also includes commitments to strengthen cattle control measures in place through the continual monitoring and review of the remaining pre-movement testing exemptions,’’ she said.
It was announced last month that two delivery partners would be responsible for TB testing in Wales from 1 April following a government shake-up of farm veterinary services.
All new TB testing and other official veterinary work in Wales will be the responsibility of Menter a Busnes in North Wales, and Iechyd Da (Gwledig) in South Wales.