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

TB Free video: Breaking the bad news

Vets facing TB in cattle have shared their experiences of the disease, explaining the impact it has on their professional lives and what it means for the farming families with whom they work so closely.

Tb Free video - breaking the news 2_275_174“It's hard news to deliver to somebody and they react in different ways,” said Rob from Gloucestershire.

“Some people get very angry some people become very withdrawn. It’s not an easy thing to do, and I guess if you’re a vet it’s not really what you train to do, to tell people that their animals are going to have to be slaughtered.”

“A vet’s instinct is to control disease, either by preventing it,” added Bridget from Cheshire.

“At the moment it is very frustrating that we're not able to do either of those things with TB.”

James in Derbyshire said: “These people become our friends - you work with them so closely for so long - and it really is horrible to have to tell them they’re not going to be able to carry out their business as they wanted to.”

Find out more about bovine TB and what is being done to eradicate this terrible disease here.