NFU is fighting TB test plans

UK - Nfu leaders have expressed anger and dismay at indications from Defra ministers that the Government is determined to press ahead with an extension of pre-movement TB testing to cattle as young as six-weeks-old.
calendar icon 1 February 2007
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This follows a Ministerial Challenge Panel hearing held in private in London, at which NFU representatives challenged the extension as being disproportionate, as having only marginal cost benefits and being totally unacceptable in the absence of any action to control the reservoir of disease in wildlife.

Deputy president Meurig Raymond said the NFU would be holding urgent consultations with members in the worst affected regions.

He said: "We have made the strongest possible case for this disproportionate measure to be postponed until more compelling evidence of significant benefits can be demonstrated and at this stage we are determined to carry on making the strongest possible representation.

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