Latest statistics showing that new incidents of bovine TB in Wales are down by 18% on the previous twelve month period have been welcomed by Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Rebecca Evans. The figures, which have been collated by Defra, also show a 31% decline in the number of cattle slaughtered in Wales as a result of bovine TB on the previous year. In addition for the February to May period, the figures reveal that new incidents of the disease in 2014 were at their lowest level since 2008.
Speaking about the figures, Rebecca Evans said: “Bovine TB continues to be one of the biggest problems facing the farming industry in Wales. It is a devastating disease and one that as a Government we are working hard to eradicate. Whilst we know that disease figures can fluctuate from month to month, these latest statistics continue to indicate a downward trend for bovine TB in Wales and this is very encouraging news.
“Our comprehensive TB eradication programme which has now been in place for over 5 years is based on solid evidence, and includes annual testing of cattle, strict biosecurity measures and movement control.“However we know that eradicating TB requires hard work, sustained effort over many years and a high level of co-operation between Government and the industry. “While we know there is much more to do to eradicate this disease from Wales, these statistics do show that we are moving in the right direction and that our hard work is starting to make a difference to the disease picture in Wales. “
- Defra report 826 new incidents of bovine TB in Wales between June 2013 and May 2014 compared with 1009 between June 2012 and May 2013. This is an 18% decrease. 5936 cattle were slaughtered in Wales as a result of TB between June 2013 and May 2014 compared to 8595 cattle slaughtered between June 2012 and May 2013. This is a 31% decrease.
- The number of new incidents of bovine TB recorded between February to May 2014 at the lowest level for the period since 2008
NB No culling of badgers took place or was required to achieve the reductions recorded.