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Bovine TB
TB statistics ‘make for sober reading’

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STATISTICS showing that, in 2012, there was a 5 per cent rise in the number of new bovine TB incidents and a 10 per cent increase in the number of cattle slaughtered as a result of bovine TB compared with 2011 ‘make for sober reading’, according to the BVA.

The figures were published by Defra on March 13. The results of some tests were still outstanding at the time the data were extracted from the AHVLA's work management IT support system, and Defra said the figures would be subject to further revision until all results had been received.

The statistics indicated that the number of new TB incidents in herds in Great Britain was 5171 in 2012 compared with 4901 in 2011. In total 38,010 cattle were slaughtered as reactors, inconclusive reactors or direct contacts compared with 34,688 in 2011. A total of 88,537 herd tests for bovine TB were conducted in 2012, compared …

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