NFU submits new TB plan to DEFRA minister

THE NFU has presented a comprehensive paper to DEFRA which details the measures it believes should be introduced to control bovine tuberculosis.

The strategy document, which was fully endorsed by NFU Council members on Mon (Jun 27), was requested by junior DEFRA minister Ben Bradshaw back in March.

The paper which will not be published until the Royal Show, is understood to set out a menu of options for the government to choose from including measures to control wildlife.

Meurig Raymond, NFU vice president, said a lot of work and effort had gone into the paper and some of its contents drew on work which had been carried out in New Zealand.

“If the minister would only implement some of these options it should contain the spread of TB,” he said.