26 August 1998
Full TB compensation paid from today
By FWi staff
FARMERS whose cattle fall ill with bovine tuberculosis will from today (26 August) receive the full market value of the animal in compensation.
New rules announced by the Ministry of Agriculture have increased compensation from a 75% limit to an unlimited 100% of the market value.
Payments will be given for animals compulsorily slaughtered after reacting to a TB skin test.
Junior farm minister Jeff Rooker acknowledged that cattle farmers felt blighted by the disease. He said the Government was sympathetic to their plight.
“We are taking this issue extremely seriously,” Mr Rooker said.
Todays announcement comes one week after the Government launched a new study and badger cull to investigate the link between TB in cattle and badgers.