Latest TB Statistics Show Increase

UK - Defra has revealed new statistics showing a provisional 5.3 per cent increase in the number of new bovine tuberculosis (TB) incidents for January to July 2011, compared with the same period in 2010.
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National Farmers Union

Combined with a decrease in the number of herds tested over the same period, this equates to a provisional overall increase in the TB incidence rate of 7.3 per cent.

Between January and July this year, 20,603 cattle were compulsorily slaughtered, compared with 19,421 during the same period in 2010.

There were 5,359 herds under movement restrictions on 31 July.

The current incidence rate and numbers of reactors slaughtered to date indicate that around 36,000 cattle could be slaughtered by the end of the year - a significant increase on both 2009 and 2010.

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