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CHeCS farmers rewarded by Defra in new TB rules

CHeCS farmers rewarded by Defra in new TB rules

The role of CHeCS biosecurity measures in reducing the risk of a TB breakdown has been recognised in new Government rules, which will see participants in CHeCS TB herd accreditation programmes exempt from more frequent testing. The new Government rules, likely to be introduced in 2019 following a consultation last year, stipulate that herds in […]

TB testing penalties immoral and increasing health and safety risks

TB testing penalties immoral and increasing health and safety risks

The Cross Compliance penalty regime for bovine TB tests have been branded ‘immoral’ by the Farmers’ Union of Wales, which says the penalties add significantly to the health and safety risks of testing cattle. From January 1, 2015, tiered cross compliance penalties for late TB testing have seen cattle keepers receive financial penalties in relation […]

FUW rejects TB regionalisation approach for Wales

FUW rejects TB regionalisation approach for Wales

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has rejected proposals to split Wales into five bovine TB regions in its response to a Welsh Government consultation, highlighting the need to tackle the disease in badger populations. The Welsh Government proposes splitting Wales into two high, two intermediate and one low TB level regions, with different rules applying […]

Vets welcome Northern Ireland’s bovine TB eradication strategy

Vets welcome Northern Ireland’s bovine TB eradication strategy

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and BVA Northern Ireland branch today welcomed the launch of the TB Strategic Partnership Group’s (TBSPG) long-term strategy document on bovine TB (bTB) eradication and Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen’s announcement that she will carefully consider the recommendations with a view to consulting on the proposed approach in early 2017. Seamus […]

Big data analysis shows weak link between badgers and cattle for TB transmission

The largest simulation to date of the numbers of cattle and badgers infected with tuberculosis (TB) casts serious doubts about the extent to which badgers cause TB in cattle, according to research from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Using a mathematical model that combines a huge number of cattle and badgers that have TB, […]

Bovine TB will cost us trade deals with Europe, FUW reminds AMs

Bovine TB will cost us trade deals with Europe, FUW reminds AMs

The Farmers’ Union of Wales is reminding all Assembly Members that the current levels of Bovine TB in Wales will cost us trade deals with Europe if there is no change in policy. The Union welcomes the call for a debate on the eradication of bovine TB in cattle and wildlife at the National Assembly […]

Defra TB strategy announcement

Defra TB strategy announcement

NFU President Meurig Raymond said: “Bovine TB remains a huge threat to beef and dairy farmers in large parts of the country. More than 28,000 cattle were slaughtered in England last year because of it and nearly 4,000 herds that had previously been clear of the disease were affected by it. “Farmers facing a daily […]

FUW calls for halt on wasteful badger vaccination scheme

FUW calls for halt on wasteful badger vaccination scheme

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has repeated its long standing call for a science led policy to control TB in wildlife after the Welsh Government suggested the abandoned badger vaccination pilot in north Pembrokeshire could restart in 2017. Ministerial advice provided to the Welsh Government in 2012 suggested vaccination in the north Pembrokeshire Intensive Action […]

FUW highlights TB concerns to MP

FUW highlights TB concerns to MP

Cross border differences in bTB cattle control measures and concerns surrounding the proposed provision of open access farm-level Welsh bovine TB data next year were some of the issues highlighted to Monmouthshire MP David TC Davies at a recent farm visit. FUW senior officials met Mr Davies at FUW members Rhys and Judith Parry’s farm […]

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