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We have introduced stricter cattle controls, increased TB testing and a zero tolerance approach to non-compliance.

Dealing with TB

Our approach for dealing with bovine TB follows the four principles of infectious disease control.

Keep it out

Each herd in Wales is tested every year. As well as this, individual cattle also have to be tested before they are moved from a farm. This helps stop infection spreading to other farms and TB free areas.

Find it quickly

Our cattle testing regime is designed to find and remove infected animals as early as possible. The tests we use allow us to identify infection before cattle show any signs of illness. This helps us remove infected cattle before they have chance to infect others.

Stop it spreading

A major part of our eradication programme is aimed at preventing the spread of the disease through cattle movements. As soon as TB is identified in a herd it loses it’s officially TB free status. This means that restrictions are put in place which stops the cattle moving from the farm.

Stamp it out

Our cattle controls are designed to find infection quickly, stop it spreading and then eliminate it.  When a herd has been placed under movement restriction, more testing takes place until we are satisfied that the disease is no longer present.

Cattle control measures will remain the foundation of our TB Eradication Programme. More detailed guidance on testing for TB in your cattle herd is available from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (external link).