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Good Practice: Changes In Testing Cattle For TB

15 December 2009

WALES, UK - Proposals to tighten up the rules on tackling bovine tuberculosis (TB) in cattle have been welcomed by Animal Health as paving the way for new opportunities for farmers.

Rural Affairs Minster Elin Jones has launched an eight week consultation on legislation to strengthen the programme to eradicate bovine TB by allowing Welsh ministers to amend existing legislation on pre-movement testing of cattle, which is paid for by farmers, and link compensation to good farming practice.

New policy changes to TB related movement controls could help owners of TB restricted cattle in Wales realise practical and financial benefits by providing them with more options for moving and trading animals.

Elin Jones said the proposals updated existing policies and tightened up on their delivery. Measures already implemented included reducing the number of overdue TB tests by 99 per cent, removing infected cattle quickly and introducing the TB Health Check Wales which aimed to test all cattle in Wales by 31 December in order to get a better understanding of the scale and location of the disease.

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