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Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 67292, tabled on 9 March 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on the largest single herds slaughtered due to the detection of bovine TB in each of the last five years.

Answered on

16 March 2017

In 2016 more than 29,000 cattle were compulsory slaughtered in England due to the discovery of bovine TB following surveillance testing. On average six reactors are found and slaughtered from testing where bovine TB is detected in a herd. As the comprehensive bovine TB testing surveillance regime ensures most bovine TB incidents are detected at an early stage, it is very rare for cattle herds to be fully slaughtered for bovine TB control reasons in England. There have been four such cases in England in the past five years.

Year of incident

Herd size

2016

60

2015

0

2014

130

2013

0

2012

122 & 25