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

New TB cattle measures introduced

Additional measures designed to help protect England from bovine TB have been introduced as part of the government’s comprehensive 25-year strategy to tackle the disease.

From April 6 2016, new legislation requires farmers in the Low Risk Area of England to arrange for post-movement testing of cattle coming from the rest of England and from Wales.

Three additional measures were also introduced on the same day, following consultation last year:

All herds in the High Risk Area of England affected by a new TB breakdown will need to pass two strict tests before movement restrictions are lifted, with the aim of increasing the chances of finding all infected animals in those herds, reducing recurrent breakdowns, and protecting other herds.

Free pre-sale TB tests will be available to many herd owners in the Low Risk Area selling 20 or more cattle in a single purchase. This will enable sellers to provide additional assurance for buyers and mitigate the low risk of undetected TB spreading to new herds.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) will start offering the option of private Interferon Gamma blood tests to diagnose TB under certain conditions and subject to prior approval from APHA.

Further information about the new measures and how they will affect farmers can be found in the Guidance section of the TB Hub website.