TB cattle slaughterings break 40,000 barrier in one year

The number of TB-infected cattle slaughtered in Britain last year breached the 40,000 barrier, according to new statistics from Defra.

The figures, released on Wednesday (14 February), recorded 43,590 animals were killed in England, Wales and Scotland between November 2016 and 2017, up nearly 10% from the previous year.

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New herd incidents increased to 3,878 in England, 3,326 of which were in the high risk area. Incidents went up by 7% in the edge area to 421.

Wales saw the biggest change for new herd incidents with a year-on-year increase of 16%.


The next monthly notice will be published on Wednesday 14 April.

The next quarterly statistical notice, which includes headline measures and charts, will be published on Wednesday 14 March.