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FARMERS considering buying breeding stock this autumn should not rule out buying cattle from Wales because of concerns about bovine TB, according to Christianne Glossop, the Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales.
Professor Glossop says that the introduction of annual testing for bovine TB in Wales may have given a misleading impression that there is an increased disease risk when buying cattle from Wales. The move from testing frequency based on parishes to an annual test for all Welsh herds is part of the heightened surveillance and control measures that have been introduced as part of the Welsh Government's efforts to eradicate bovine TB.
‘All animals that travel from Wales to sales in Scotland will have tested negative for TB prior to be being moved,’ Professor Glossop says. ‘Any decision to purchase cattle should take into account the TB test history of the herd of origin.’
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