Defra has unveiled a bovine TB eradication plan that aims to rid England of the disease by the year 2038.
Under the new scheme the country will be divided up into three distinct disease control areas, dubbed High Risk Areas, Low Risk Areas and Edge Areas. Risk-based trading, cuts in TB compensation, and tougher guidelines on compliance will also be rolled out across the country.
The scheme will also require farmers to shoulder more of the cost burden and take on greater responsibility for managing the disease in an ‘enhanced partnership’. It seeks to pave the way for a ‘mutual TB control fund’ financed by government and the food and farming industry and the adoption of TB eradication boards to run policy at local level.