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TB measures to help eradicate bovine TB introduced in Wales on 1 February 2024

New measures to help eradicate bovine tuberculosis have been introduced in Wales in response to a consultation on a refreshed approach to the problem

The new bovine tuberculosis (TB) measures introduced follow responses to the consultation on a refreshed approach to TB Eradication in Wales and the subsequent delivery plan which was published in March 2023.

Since 1 February 2024:

  • Reintroduction of pre-movement testing of cattle or other bovine animals located in the low TB area (LTBA) of Wales. This change is being made in response to an increase in the local spread of TB in the LTBA, some of which is due to legal localised movements of untested cattle. Clear pre-movement test results will be valid for 60 days from the date of the injection of the skin test
  • Introduction of the post-movement testing requirements to all cattle and other bovine animals moving into herds in the intermediate TB areas (ITBAs) of Wales from the high TB area of Wales, the high risk area of England and from Northern Ireland. The test must be undertaken no sooner than 60 days and no later than 120 days after their arrival on the holding

On 6 February 2024, information on how long each bovine herd in Wales has been officially TB free was made available on the APHA ibTB webpage. This information will be important in helping keepers assess TB risk when buying cattle.

Further information can be found at on the Welsh Government website and the gov.uk.

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