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Data on tests, new incidents, restricted herds and cattle slaughtered with bovine TB for November 2018.

The Defra Statistics release, on which this statistical headline is based, includes statistics on the basis of the Wales TB areas.

New TB herd incidents

Chart showing the trend in new herd incidents in Wales since 2008. There were 753 new incidents in the 12 months to November 2018, a decrease of 6% compared with the previous 12 months.

  • In the 12 months to November 2018, there were 753 new herd incidents reported in Wales.
  • This is a 6% decrease on the previous 12 months, when there were 798 incidents.
  • The overall trend since 2009 is broadly downwards. However the trajectory is not consistent, with periods of rising and falling trends over that period.

Animals slaughtered for TB control

Chart showing the trend in animals slaughtered for TB control in Wales since 2008. 10,840 animals were slaughtered in the 12 months to November 2018, an increase of 5% compared with the previous 12 months.

  • In the 12 months to November 2018, 10,840 cattle were slaughtered due to bovine TB control.
  • This is a 5% increase on the previous 12 months, when 10,326 cattle were slaughtered.
  • The overall trend is variable. Much of the rise since 2014 is attributable to increased use of high-sensitivity testing. For example, gamma-testing, removal of Inconclusive Reactors (IRs) and severe interpretation of the skin test have all been used with the intention of clearing up infection and reducing the risk of the disease spreading and breakdowns recurring.
  • The number of animals slaughtered in October 2018 was higher (1,499) than any other single month since records began. In November 2018, this decreased to 1,418 animals slaughtered; however it was the second highest month. As the chart shows, the monthly series is extremely variable and peaks can be expected from time to time. It is too early at this stage to state whether the trend is changing upwards. The peak may be due to most of the TB testing being carried out during the winter months, when the animals are housed. With increased testing it is expected that you would find more reactors and more animals would be killed as a result. This peak will be investigated further as more data is released.


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