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Fergus Ewing tightens TB regulations to ‘incentivise compliance and best practice’

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing has tightened up the regulations on testing for bovine TB at the same time as capping compensation levels for individual animals.

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Fergus Ewing tightens TB regulations to ‘incentivise compliance and best practice’

The changes, which came into effect on Wednesday (December 12) are intended to safeguard Scotland’s Officially TB Free Status.

 

Mr Ewing said: “The measures introduced today are intended to incentivise compliance and encourage cattle keepers to follow best practice when purchasing and moving cattle in Scotland and beyond.

 

“I have always been clear that there is no single measure for eradicating bovine TB, which is why we have pursued a range of interventions to combat the disease.


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“These latest arrangements are aimed at reducing disease levels further, but this will only be successful if this new drive is supported by a concerted and concentrated effort by all sectors involved.”

 

The new regulations include:

  • Change to Post-Movement Testing Rules: Animals which require to be post-movement tested following their arrival in Scotland will now need to be held on the original premises of destination until this testing has been completed with negative results;
  • Non-payment of Compensation for Illegal Movements onto Restricted Herds: Compensation will now be restricted to a nominal payment of £1 for any animals which are found to have been illegally moved onto a restricted herd and subsequently go onto become TB reactors;
  • Reduced Compensation following Overdue Testing: Compensation will now be reduced where any statutory TB testing has not been carried out within the allotted testing period advised by the APHA and TB reactors are subsequently identified. The reduction will be applied on a sliding scale where testing has gone overdue by 60 days or more.
  • Introduction of a Two Tier Cap on Compensation for Individual Animals: A maximum amount of compensation payable for each individual TB reactor has now been introduced. This cap has been set at £7,500 for all purebred pedigree bovine animals, and £5,000 for all other non-pedigree bovine animals.
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