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 England video: The Show Stopper

David has been a farmer since he left school at the age of 15.

His British agricultural heritage dates back to his great grandfather, who started farming with 12 cows in 1834.

Now, nearly 180 years later, the future of his farm is in doubt due to the spread of bovine TB to his herd.

“The six cows that tested positive all came from the same field,” said David.

“Right next to that field is a badger sett.

“The spread of bovine TB to my herd means that six cows have had to be slaughtered and two calves are left without a mother.

“Now my farm has been closed until I clear another set of tests in 60 days and 120 days.

“I can’t sell my cattle or move it on. And the cost to the taxpayer is ridiculous.

“Bovine TB needs to be eradicated now for everyone’s sake.”

Since January 2008 more than 185,000 cattle have been slaughtered due to bovine TB.

Up to one in three badgers in disease hotspots have bovine TB. If the disease is not tackled now it will cost the taxpayer £1billion to control over the next 10 years.

David’s traditional Herefordcattle have been winning awards at shows for the past five decades.

He has won prizes at the SmithsfieldShow at Earls Court, the Three Counties Show and the Royal Welsh Smallholders Show.

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The closure of his farm means he cannot legally take his cattle to these prestigious shows this year.

Pilot badger culls will start in Somerset and Gloucestershire in the summer of 2013.

Farmers have been improving their standards of biosecurity over many years.

Vaccination is also one of the tools available – but it is not an alternative to a badger cull.

It would cost £662 per year to vaccinate badgers. To vaccinate a badger it must be caught every year for five successive years. An infected badger cannot be vaccinated.