Consultations on bovine TB

Defra consultation and call for views launched in January 2021

A consultation on the next phase of the Government’s strategy to eradicate bovine TB in England by 2038 was launched on 27 January by Environment Secretary George Eustice. The eight-week consultation seeks views on a range of proposals following the Government’s response to an independent review of its eradication strategy, led by Professor Sir Charles Godfray. The Government is also calling for views on possible future measures to accelerate bovine TB eradication in England, such as further improvements to TB testing, supporting responsible cattle movements and rewarding low risk cattle purchasing behaviour.

To access the consultation and call for views, visit GOV.UK. The deadline for responses is 24 March 2021. 

Summary of responses to consultations on bovine TB

Summary of responses to a consultation on proposals to introduce no-cull zones around vaccination sites in the Edge Area in England to manage the implementation of both badger vaccination and culling.

Summary of responses to a consultation on extending the use of Approved Tuberculin Testers (ATTs) to perform tuberculin skin testing of cattle in England.

Summary of responses to a consultation on proposals to remove the cap on the number of areas that can be licensed by Natural England for badger culling activity.

Summary of responses to a consultation on proposals to introduce licensed badger culling to prevent the spread of bovine TB in the Low Risk Area of England.

Call for evidence to inform the bovine TB eradication strategy review published in November 2018. This call for evidence ran from 24 April to 31 May 2018 and feedback was used to inform the review.

Summary of responses to a consultation on simplifying surveillance TB testing in the High Risk Area of England and other control measures. 

Summary of responses to a consultation on enhanced bovine TB surveillance and controls in the High Risk and Edge Areas of England.

Summary of responses to a call for views on potential improvement and simplification of the TB testing regime in the High Risk Area of England. 

Summary of responses to a consultation on controlling bovine TB in non-bovine animals (pigs, sheep, goats, captive deer and South American camelids).

Summary of responses to a consultation on supplementary badger culling in England.