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Bovine TB eradication programme

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We established the TB eradication programme to carry out our long-term goal of eradicating bovine TB in Wales.

Our approach for dealing with bovine TB is the same as with any other animal disease:

  • find it
  • deal with the source of infection
  • stamp it out
  • stop it from coming back.

Bovine TB can affect all mammals. Our TB eradication programme is therefore aimed at dealing with all the sources of TB infection:

  • cattle
  • domestic non-bovines such as llamas and alpacas
  • wildlife such as badgers and deer.

The controls we have in place to tackle the disease in cattle will remain the foundation of our programme. By vaccinating badgers we are also dealing with the infection in the badger population.

Our programme is also aimed at dealing with TB in other animals such as camelids and wild deer. We have introduced legal powers which allow us to control TB in camelids as we would in cattle. We also regularly monitor the level of bovine TB in culled wild deer.

Delivery plan

Our overarching document sets out how the eradication programme contributes to our long term vision for animal health and welfare. The programme is implemented by a Delivery Plan which sits under the overarching document. We are taking a regional approach to eradication by establishing Low, Intermediate and High TB Areas  which are based on incidence of disease. The delivery plan provides the details of the controls applied in each area. It is flexible to changes in the TB picture and will be regularly updated. Both documents can be found in the download section on this page.

To find out which TB Area your holding is located in you can access the Welsh Government’s Lle website, and enter your post code. 

A Questions and Answers document has been produced which covers the answers to the most frequently asked questions. This document can be found in the downloads section below.

Response to the Climate Change and Rural Affairs Committee

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs has responded to the report of the Climate Change and Rural Affairs Committee entitled Report on the Welsh Government’s Refreshed TB Eradication Programme.

TB dashboard

We have also developed a TB dashboard to present TB data visually and make the information easy to understand. The dashboard shows the disease situation across Wales and demonstrates the progress our TB eradication programme has made.

More detailed national and regional statistics are available in the Annual Surveillance Report and at gov.uk (external link).