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    Over 3,000 cows culled in Great Britain in one month due to TB

    NewsWednesday 17 April 2013
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    This month saw another rise in the number of cattle that were slaughtered because of TB.  This brings the total number of cattle culled between January 2008 and January 2013 to 186,664 in Great Britain.  

    The latest Defra figures were released today and they revealed that 3,215 cattle were slaughtered across the nation in January. This shows a 24.2% increase on the same time last year, and it also shows a jump on the month-on-month figures. 
     
    Despite a vaccination programme for badgers, which had its first year in 2012, the situation in Wales has worsened considerably. The number of cattle slaughtered in Wales due to TB was 819 this January, which was an increase of 95.4% on the same period in 2012.
     
    Last month the official TB stats also made for devastating reading as they showed a 10% increase in cattle lost to TB for the whole of Great Britain from 2011 to 2012 and over 38,000 cattle have now been compulsorily slaughtered because of TB in Great Britain in 2012 – and more than 28,000 in England alone.
     
    Adam Quinney, the NFU Vice President, said: “With 2012 also recording the highest number of cattle slaughtered in England to TB in a decade, they show more and more farmers are battling TB on their farms. Today’s figures make awful reading.
     
    “I am a cattle farmer and I know these numbers have increased despite additional cattle controls, more pre-movement testing and stricter on-farm biosecurity measures which were introduced in July last year. New tough on-farm rules were also introduced in January 2013 as part of the Government’s TB eradication plan which aims to tackle all aspects of TB infection in the countryside.
     
    “We are playing our part in solving this terrible disease but I remain convinced by the research both here and aboard that shows that wildlife management is essential if we are to successfully tackle TB.”
     
    Full statistics
    • The number of new herd incidents (GB) during  January  2013 was 483, compared with 477 for the same period in 2012
       
    • The number of new herd incidents (England) during  January 2013 was 385, compared with 375 for the same period in 2012
       
    • The number of cattle compulsorily slaughtered (GB) was 3,215 in January 2013, compared with 2,589 for the same period in 2012. Increase of 24.2%
       
    • The number of cattle compulsorily slaughtered (England) was 2392 in January 2013, compared with 2,160 for the same period in 2012. Increase of 10.7%
       
    • The number of cattle compulsorily slaughtered (Wales) was 819 in January 2013, compared with 419 for the same period in 2012. Increase of 95.4%
       
    • The number of cattle culled due to TB since beginning 2008 (Jan 2008 – Jan 2013) in GB was 186,664
       
    • The number of cattle culled due to TB since beginning 2008 (Jan 2008 – Jan 2013) in England was 136,238  
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