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TB in cattle

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is one of the most difficult animal health problems currently facing the farming industry in Great Britain. The Government is committed to tackling the disease, working in partnership with our stakeholders. This website gives more information on what measures the Government is taking to combat bTB and what further work is being carried out to better understand the disease.

What is bovine TB (bTB)?

Photo of a cow

What is the Government doing to control bovine TB?

The Government strategic framework
In December 2005 the Government announced new measures to tackle the spread of bTB in England, including the pre-movement testing of cattle, changes to compensation procedures and a consultation on the culling of badgers for control of bTB. Further action to improve the testing of cattle for bovine TB was announced on 10 August 2006, including wider use of the gamma interferon blood test. The new measures build on the Government's TB Strategic Framework, published in March 2005, which aims to bring about a sustainable improvement in control of bTB in Great Britain over the next 10 years. The framework sets out a vision for the future, along with 12 strategic goals, new commitments and principles that will be applied to achieve these.

What testing and controls are in place?

Photo of a tuberculin skin test being taken


Bovine TB and badgers

Photo of a badger

Is there a risk to human health or other species?

Photo of a deer

What research is being done?

Scientists in a laboratory

Where can I get more information about bovine TB issues?

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Latest news

31 December 2007 - Table valuations for compensation payable during January 2008 in England, for bovine TB, brucellosis, Enzootic Bovine Leukosis and BSE are now available..

14 December 2007 - Provisional TB statistics for Great Britain are now available for October 2007.

15 November 2007 - The Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) has produced a report analysing the comparative field performance of tuberculins Adobe acrobat pdf file (164 KB) produced by VLA Weybridge and by Dutch manufacturer ID Lelystad between 1 January 2005 and 31 March 2007.

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