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Bovine TB
Low-risk area of England ‘on track’ for OTF status

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MORE than half of England is on track to achieve Officially Tuberculosis Free (OTF) status by the end of 2019, according to Defra. Publishing a number of documents on December 17, including a summary of the badger control operations that took place in Somerset, Gloucestershire and Dorset in 2015, the department said that this would be the first time anywhere in England enjoyed this status.

Giving an update on December 17, Elizabeth Truss, the Secretary of State at Defra, said: ‘Our comprehensive strategy to eradicate bovine TB through tighter cattle controls, improved biosecurity and badger control is delivering results.

‘We are on track to deliver TB freedom to more than half of the country by the end of this Parliament which will boost our trade prospects and is expected to deliver benefits worth millions of pounds to our dairy and beef industries. Badger control in the south west has been successful and we will enable it to take place over a wide number of areas next year. I am determined to deliver our strategy to tackle bovine TB and eradicate this devastating disease as soon as possible.’

Among the other documents published by Defra on December 17 was advice on …

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