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Change to TB testing in edge area

Farmers in the bovine TB (bTB) edge area of England who have kept their herds free of bovine TB for at least six years can move to annual surveillance testing from May next year.

Currently, all herds in the edge area are tested every six months. This includes herds that have achieved the industry-led Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS) TB accreditation for their herds.

Announcing the change, George Eustice, Defra’s farming minister, said that allowing lower risk herds to move to annual testing would incentivise other farmers to take action to keep their herds free of disease.

‘From stringent biosecurity to the application of risk-based trading principles, farmers need to be doing everything they can to stop this disease …

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