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DEFRA - bTB Consultation

Late in August DEFRA announced a further consultation exercise concerning the bovine TB eradication programme – some of you may well be aware of it. The consultation is in 3 parts:
 
A consultation on introducing compulsory testing for all cattle entering low-risk areas, such as the north and east of England, to reduce the risk of new TB cases in these regions.
 
A consultation on changes to the criteria for future badger control licences such as reducing the minimum area for a licence – an approach based on the latest scientific evidence and supported by the Chief Vet.
 
A call for views on controlling TB in non-bovine animals such as pigs, goats, and deer. (Including Camelids).
 
Please follow the links below to the relevant part of the DEFRA website where you can see the full details and the online response template.
 
The press release:

 
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-proposals-to-protect-livestock-from-bovine-tb
 
The consultation document associated with the “call for views” component:
 
https://consult.defra.gov.uk/bovine-tb/tb-in-non-bovine-farmed-animals-call-for-views/supporting_documents/Nonbovine%20call%20for%20views%202015%20FINAL.pdf-1
 
The online response form where you can offer your views:
 
https://consult.defra.gov.uk/bovine-tb/tb-in-non-bovine-farmed-animals-call-for-views
 
The BLS Board is preparing a response and would be keen to hear your views, e-mail me at the address below.
 
In addition you may wish to respond directly on the DEFRA proposals. Note that the consultation also introduces the concept of a variable rate of compensation for animals compulsorily slaughtered which could be based on the “commercial” valuation of the animals and the degree of bio-security implemented by the owners.
 
We are working in consultation with BAS to try and harmonise our views.
 
Tim Crowfoot

Chairman, The British Llama Society
Downholme, Northend Lane, Droxford,
Southampton, SO32 3QN
t: 01489 877631

e-mail:
timcrowfoot@btinternet.com