Restrictions oncattle 'unacceptable'
3rd June 2003 -
Robert Brooks -
Beef farmers say the Government must not impose
"unacceptable" movement restrictions to stop the spread of TB to
other cattle, but encourage testing of animals instead.
The Department of Environment and Rural Affairs
is considering ring fencing TB hot spot areas and imposing movement
restrictions forbidding the delivery of cattle to farms beyond their
At present, under the so-called Krebs Trials, the
Government is investigating the role of badgers, which are thought
to carry the disease between herds, in the outbreak.
The trials are due to end in 2004, when Ministers
will then decide how to tackle the spread of bovine TB.
But the National Beef Association says current
control measures are putting a huge strain on the industry, and
restrictions are not the most effective way of dealing with the
Instead, they want the Government to reduce the
risk by encouraging the pre-movement testing of animals from known
hot spot zones and by agreeing to meet all testing costs
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