TB Free England

Bovine TB (bTB) devastates thousands of farming family businesses every year and tens of thousands of cattle are culled annually in England because of it. Find out more about bTB, its impact, and why we must use all available options to make England TB free.

 Cattle culled in England because of bovine TB since January 1 2008

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What is bovine TB?

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle.

Herd of beef cows_275_182It is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis), which can also infect and cause TB in badgers, deer, goats, pigs, camelids (llamas and alpacas), dogs and cats, as well as many other mammals.

This disease is one of the biggest challenges facing the cattle farming industry today, particularly in the West and South West of England.