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Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 215074, tabled on 31 January 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) holdings were tested for bovine tuberculosis, (b) animals were tested in each of those holdings and (c) of those animals tested positive using the interferon gamma test in each county of England in 2018.

Answered on

6 February 2019

Data on tuberculin skin testing for parts (a) and (b) is not held in the form requested. Published statistical data sets show that there were 67,137 tests on herds in the 10 months to October 2018. Total cattle tests in the same period amounted to 8,278,885. The full year figures for 2018 will not be available until March 2019, because the data has to meet the Code of Practice for Statistics. The data sets, which include county level data, and explanatory notes can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/tuberculosis-tb-in-cattle-in-great-britain

The numbers of cattle that tested positive to the interferon gamma test in each county of England in 2018 is set out in the attached table.

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