Plans to tackle Bovine TB

Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) is launching a new strategy to try and eliminate Bovine Tuberculosis in England.

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Farmers on Bovine TB: "We have to control it and we have to start now"

Farmers in Carlisle have been learning about a new plan for eliminating Bovine TB.

Defra's latest strategy divides the country into areas based on their risk of outbreaks.

It also recommends a combination of badger culls, vaccination and testing. Our region is among the lowest risk areas of the UK, but experts say it is still important that farmers here do their bit to help drive the disease out of the country.

Michael Seals, Chairman, Animal Health and Welfare Board.

Experts are available to offer advice to farmers

Michael Seals, Chairman of the Animal Health and Welfare Board is available at the meeting to speak to farmers. Credit: ITV News Border

Michael Seals, the Chairman of the Animal Health and Welfare Board and Defra representatives is available at the meeting in Carlisle to discuss effective strategies for managing Bovine TB risk. He is also available to hear farmers' thoughts and concerns.

New plans hope to minimise risk of Bovine TB "spreading through cattle movement"

On the borders of high risk areas, the aim is to prevent the spread of TB.

In each area, different combinations of cattle and badger control measures are being suggested to tackle the disease.

The focus in low risk areas is on minimising the risk of the disease spreading through cattle movements.

The strategy also talks about badger culling, vaccination of cattle and badgers and the promotion of a risk based approach to cattle trading.

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New plans to tackle Bovine Tuberculosis

Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) is launching a new strategy to try and eliminate Bovine Tuberculosis in England.

A plan to tackle TB is being unveiled with the aim of wiping out the disease.

The latest idea is to manage the disease by dividing the country into three different risk areas.

In low risk areas like Cumbria, the aim is to keep TB out and reach an 'Official Tuberculosis Free' status progressively.

In high risk areas, where the disease is endemic, the aim is to reduce incidence.

Farmers who want to find out more about the plans are being invited to attend a meeting at the Carlisle Borderway Market today, July 29, between 11am and 2pm.

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