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.


As you will be aware, the way that in calf cattle are valued for TB Compensation is due to change.


From 1 November 2018, in-calf cattle that are valued for TB compensation purposes will require a veterinary diagnosis declaration that has been signed by an official veterinarian in order for that animal to be valued as being in-calf. The veterinary diagnosis declaration may be up to 3 months old at the date of valuation, and must relate to the ear tag number of the animal concerned. The veterinary diagnosis declaration must be presented to the valuer at valuation, and will be sent by the valuer to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) with the other relevant valuation paperwork. 


For further information please click on the attached link –


Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs has today announced TB eradication targets for Wales and interim targets for each TB region - which if achieved will see Wales become officially TB free between 2036 and 2041.


The Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths has today announced the implementation of additional contiguous testing in the Intermediate TB Area North (ITBAN) following a spike in TB incidents.


You can access the Cabinet Secretary’s Statement here:

A Press Notice can be found here:

Ahead of the summer show season, new Quarantine Unit measures have been introduced to protect the Low TB Area and give cattle keepers greater freedom to show their animals.

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