Bovine TB (tuberculosis)
Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease of cattle and one of the biggest challenges facing the cattle farming industry today, particularly in the west and south west of England. It 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.
Policy information and publications on Bovine TB are now published on GOV.UK. Some detailed information remains on this website for the time being until it, too, is moved onto GOV.UK.
A comprehensive Strategy to achieve TB free status in England by 2038 has been announced by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson today (3 April 2014)
- Press release: Plans to eradicate bovine TB in England unveiled
- Pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire: report by the Independent Expert Panel
- Pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire: Defra response to the report by the Independent Expert Panel
- A strategy for achieving “Officially Bovine Tuberculosis-Free” status for England