Friday, 13 June 2014

Bovine TB figures continue to fall across Great Britain

The number of cattle slaughtered in Great Britain as a result of bovine TB in the 12 months to March has fallen to its lowest level since 2007-08, with 32,165 animals killed as reactors or direct contacts.

This represents a fall of almost 5,500 from the same period last year, but is broadly similar for the three years prior to that.

March figures are traditionally among the lowest of the year, with a large proportion of animals having been overwintered indoors, away from potential sources of TB in wildlife.

Even so, the lowest boundary of the bovine TB figures for the past 12 months - updated by Defra today - show the proportion of tests on bTB-free herds after which bTB-free status was withdrawn to be at its lowest since 2007. At the highest boundary, they are still only a shade above last year’s, which were previously the lowest since 2007.

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