On 19 July 2017, Defra released the next consultation proposals for cattle measures in England.
Bovine TB: Consultation on proposals to simplify surveillance testing on cattle herds in the High Risk Area of England and other disease control measures
View the consultation here.
This is the latest in a series of consultation exercises aimed at introducing effective and proportionate TB control measures in cattle that will, when combined with measures to address the TB risk posed by badgers, increase the probability that the goal of national official TB freedom will be achieved by the target date of 2038. The proposals in the consultation document fall in to three broad categories:
- Simplifying surveillance testing in the High Risk Area of England. These proposals have been developed following a Call for Views in 2016
- Increased use of private vets to support the delivery of TB controls
- Changes to the TB compensation system to more effectively encourage risk-reducing behaviours at the farm level.
The consultation closed on 29 September 2017.