Bovine TB incidents in Wales down 18%
NewsTuesday 19 August 2014
Rebecca Evans, the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, has welcomed the latest bovine TB figures, which have revealed incidents in Wales have fallen by 18% on the previous 12 month period.
Defra collected the figures which have also shown a 31% decline in the number of cattle slaughtered in Wales as a result of bovine TB on the previous year.
The figures also revealed that new incidents of the disease in 2014 were at their lowest level since 2008 for the February to May period.
Defra are still stating that bovine TB is one of the biggest problems facing farmers in Wales. Rebecca Evans spoke to Farmers Guardian stating that the disease was ‘devastating’ and one that the government is working towards eradicating.
“While we know that disease figures can fluctuate from month to month, these latest statistics continue to indicate a downward trend for bovine TB in Wales and this is very encouraging news.” She said.
The TB eradication programme has been in place for over five years and is based upon solid evidence which includes the annual testing of cattle as well as very strict biosecurity measures and movement control.
Ms Evans went on to explain that in order to eradicate TB the government would have to work closely with farmers and others in the industry for ‘many years’.
However, the recent Defra figures can only be a good sign that everything in Wales is moving in the right direction.
The stats record 826 new incidents of bovine TB in Wales between June 2013 and May 2014 compared with 1,009 between June 2012 and May 2013 - and 18 per cent decrease.
A total of 5,936 cattle were slaughtered in Wales as a result of TB between June 2013 and May 2014 compared to 8595 cattle slaughtered between June 2012 and May 2013 - a 31 per cent decrease.