The Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs has today (17/11/2020) published a written statement updating the Senedd on the TB Eradication Programme. A link to the written statement can be found at:

 

https://gov.wales/written-statement-statement-bovine-tb-eradication-programme

 

 

All Wales Badger Found Dead survey 2014-2016 have been published today in Nature.  The paper is open access and can be found using the link below.  The maps are particularly interesting.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-72297-9

 

Lesley Griffiths Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs

A series of emergency measures to support Welsh farmers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, recognising the crucial role they play in feeding the nation, have today (1 April) been announced by Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths.

In 2018, there were 746 new TB herd incidents in Wales, representing a 5% decrease compared to 2017.  Of these incidents, 11, 233 animals were slaughtered as a result of TB, representing a 12% increase.  This increase is largely due to heightened surveillance and the identification and removal of a higher number of infected animals as we get ahead of the disease.

The refreshed TB eradication programme, launched in 2017, fundamentally changed the way the disease is tackled in Wales with the introduction of regionalisation.  The regional system has enabled different approaches to disease eradication to be implemented, based on the different risks in each part of Wales.

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