It is no understatement to say that bovine TB has a devastating impact on England’s beef and dairy farmers and their communities. Between January and August 2015, 22,648 cattle were compulsorily slaughtered due to the disease in Great Britain, making it one of the biggest challenges facing the industry, both in financial and emotional terms.
While there is no one single measure that can act as a panacea for this distressing disease, there are plenty of practical actions that farmers can take to protect themselves and their neighbours from bovine TB as much as possible.
|Defra Farming Minister George Eustice speaking at the launch|
The path to eradicating bovine TB from England is a long and difficult one. In July 2013, Defra launched a strategy to make England TB free within 25 years. The plan launched today by George Eustice, who has personal experience of dealing with bovine TB on his own farm, marks another step in the right direction.
As the Minister said in his speech: “I encourage all cattle farmers to visit the new TB hub and think about the actions they could take to make a difference to improving the security of their herd - with outbreaks often costing thousands of pounds, it makes sense to take action now.”
www.tbhub.co.uk has been developed by AHDB with input from APHA, BCVA, Defra, Landex and the NFU.