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

What is the current situation?

The disease is spreading north and east across the country.

There are now areas where the incidence of TB in cattle is persistent and high; these are called 'hotspots'. These are mostly centred in the South West and the West Midlands. However, as the disease is spreading there are more and more hotspots in places such as Cheshire, and increased areas across the East Midlands.

There has been a six-fold increase in the number of cattle slaughtered because of TB in the last 20 years. According to Defra statistics, in 1998 there were 5,000 cows slaughtered due to bTB in England. In 2018, 32,925 cattle were killed.


Since January 1 2008, 321,794 cattle have been killed due to bovine TB in England (Defra, to April 2019).