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Edge of TB 'hotspots' targeted
12:01pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Rural Focus
THE Government has announced new measures to try to slowdown the spread of bovine TB in England.
Testing and cattle movement controls will be stepped up this autumn on farms at the edge of bTB hot spots. Hampshire is one of the counties involved.
The new measures are for the so-called edge area, the boundary between the high-risk area for bovine TB (predominantly in the south west, West Midlands and parts of East Sussex) and the low risk area, in the north and east of England.
Under the stricter regime farmers will be required to supply two further clean tests after an outbreak before restrictions are lifted. They will also need to use the gamma interferon test for spotting TB infection, which is more sensitive than the standard tuberculin skin one.
Defra said there will also be more monitoring of TB infection in badgers, through postmortems on badgers killed on the road.
Meanwhile, farmers wishing to vaccinate badgers on their land will be able to apply for money from a £250,000 fund to help cover half the costs of the first year of the project.
The Government has previously announced a newlong-termstrategy for the control of bovine TB in England.
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