With the January 10 deadline for the Welsh Government’s latest bovine TB consultation fast approaching, NFU Cymru has told the Welsh Assembly’s Environment and Rural Affairs Committee that the disease is having a ’devastating’ impact on farms across Wales.
Union president, Stephen James, told AMs that the heartache, stress, emotional and financial strain was continuing to impose untold misery on farming families.
NFU Cymru had been clear and consistent in its calls to the Welsh Government to put in place a TB eradication strategy that removed disease from both cattle and wildlife sources.
“Farmers are playing their part in tackling bovine TB through cattle-based measures, but there remains a lot of frustration in the industry that the reservoir of infection that exists in wildlife has not been confronted,” he added.
“The disease must be actively removed from the badger population in areas where TB is endemic.
“Future TB eradication measures implemented by the Welsh Government should be based on sound evidence and science-based policy decision making and that all sources of the disease must be tackled effectively if we are ever to have any chance of eradicating bovine TB in Wales.”