Bovine TB rates on the rise

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.

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