Measures discussed to counter impact of reduced demand for cattle in TB areas

UK - Even if badger culling is introduced tomorrow it will still take several years to wipe out the TB scourge, the National Beef Association has warned.
calendar icon 14 December 2006
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And this means that if suckled calf breeders in South West England, Wales, and the West Midlands are to take advantage of much hoped for TB reductions when government eventually bites the culling bullet, they also need to adopt short term measures to make sure they can cope with increasingly strong reactions to the disease from farmers in non-TB areas while it is still being brought under control.

“Everyone hopes that government will soon accept that badger culling cannot be avoided and this will eventually result in less new TB outbreaks being discovered, explained NBA chairman, Duff Burrell.

“But in the meantime it is obvious to the Association that fear of TB is driving more farmers outside the hot spots to be more careful about introducing the disease.”

“This mounting caution has already resulted in noticeably less, long distance, demand for store stock from within hot spots and the introduction of pre-movement testing has also raised awareness among farmers in three-four year testing areas of the need to do all that can be done to reduce the risk of being in a one-two year testing parish themselves – or even being hit with the nightmare of a TB2 restriction.”

According to the NBA the most sensible strategic move has already been adopted by some suckled calf breeders who have suitable farms.

Source: Farming UK

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