Wefan Gymraeg

We must use all the tools in our toolbox to tackle Bovine TB

By Callum James Littlemore, Oct 23, 2019 5:10

A sheep in a field with other sheep in the background.

Speaking in Parliament this morning Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds MP has called for greater action to tackle Bovine TB across farming communities in Wales.

The debate this morning took place in Westminster Hall and was focused on the Government's policy on TB in cattle and badgers.

Following the debate, Jane is seeking reassurances that action is being taken to draw up a long term plan outbreaks of the disease.

Commenting she said: 

"Bovine TB still casts a dark shadow over affected farming communities, with 12,000 cattle slaughtered in Wales alone last year.

"There are over 250,000 dairy cows across Wales and they form a key backbone of our agricultural economy. With more than 700 new cases of TB in herds last year alone we need to ensure we're doing everything we can to control this deadly disease.

“I agree with NFU Cymru that we must use all the tools in our toolbox to tackle Bovine TB, including greater levels of vaccinations and targeted culls to ensure we contain this devastating disease.

"The Welsh Government now needs to develop a long term strategy to do this and ensure future outbreaks of TB are contained and eradicated swiftly."

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