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Bovine TB
Defra to seek Officially TB-Free status for parts of England in 2017

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THE Government's strategy for tackling bovine TB in England is ahead of schedule and ‘continues to deliver results’, Defra reported on December 16, as it announced its intention to apply for Officially TB-Free (OTF) status for more than half of England in 2017.

Defra said that achieving OTF status for the low-risk area of northern and eastern England was a key step in the Government's 25-year plan for the whole of the UK to be free of bovine TB by 2038. It believes that OTF status could boost trade opportunities by making beef exports from the UK more attractive to trade partners around the world; …

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