Consultation outcome

Bovine TB: simplifying testing in the High Risk Area of England

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Detail of outcome

We received 300 responses to this consultation. Decisions on the way forward are set out in the document for the following proposals:

  • proposal 1 - to introduce default six monthly testing in the High Risk Area
  • proposal 3 - to retain annual surveillance testing for herds in the High Risk Area which meet a given criteria
  • proposal 5 - to pay 50% compensation for cattle that cannot be processed for human consumption at a slaughterhouse because they are unclean
  • proposal 12 - to offer owners of TB affected cattle herds the option of retaining in-calf TB test positive animals for up to 60 days to allow calving, subject to compliance with biocontainment/isolation conditions

Original consultation


Seeking views on proposals to simplify bovine TB testing in the High Risk Area of England and other disease control measures.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about our proposals to simplify TB testing of cattle herds in the High Risk Area of England (the south-west, West Midlands and East Sussex). This follows on from our call for views in 2016.

We are also seeking your views on other proposals aimed at enhancing TB cattle controls. Our proposals will help us to achieve national official TB-free status for England by 2038.

Published 19 July 2017
Last updated 21 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. Summary of responses and government way forward added.
  2. First published.