Welsh Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths underlined the significance of implementing bovine TB eradication measures starting from February 1, particularly the Pre-Movement Testing.

These actions are a response to feedback received during the consultation on an amended strategy for TB eradication in Wales, along with the leading delivery plan published in March 2023.

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Effective from February 1, the pre-movement testing of cattle and other bovine animals in the Low TB Area (LTBA) of Wales will be reinstated. This decision is prompted by the increased localised spread of TB in the LTBA, partly recognised by the movement of untested cattle.

Cattle that receive a valid pre-movement test result will be recognised for 60 days from the date of the skin test injection.

Cattle and other bovine animals moving into herds in the Intermediate TB Areas (ITBAs) of Wales from the High TB Area of Wales, the High Risk Area of England and Northern Ireland will require a post-movement test (PoMT).

This test should be carried out between 60 and 120 days after arrival on the holding.

Lesley Griffiths emphasised the importance of supporting farmers: “We are seeing progress in tackling the disease overall across Wales, with new herd incidents decreasing.

“It is important to recognise this, and the crucial steps farmers and vets are taking to keep their bovine animals free of TB.

“However, it is also clear that the TB situation varies regionally across the country.”

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She also highlighted the collaborative effort between farmers, vets, and the government in achieving the shared goal of a TB-free Wales by 2041.

Chief Veterinary Officer Richard Irvine expressed appreciation to everyone contributing to the consultation on TB eradication. He also added: “TB can have a huge impact on farms, families and livelihoods.

“Therefore, it is important farmers continue to work closely with their veterinarians to maintain strong biosecurity and do all they can to protect their herds.”