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Plaid Cymru back NFU Cymru's call for TB eradication plan

Following an increase in cattle slaughtering last year, Plaid Cymru have backed NFU Cymru’s call for a TB plan of action.
8,103 cattle were slaughtered due to TB in Wales last year
8,103 cattle were slaughtered due to TB in Wales last year

Backing for NFU Cymru’s call for a comprehensive plan of action that tackles TB disease in both cattle and wildlife has come from Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, Dafydd Elis-Thomas.

 

It comes following the revelation that 8,103 cattle were slaughtered as a result of TB in Wales last year, compared with 6,378 in 2014 – a 27 per cent increase.

 

This compares with a 10 per cent increase across the UK.

 

Increase

 

“These figures, showing such a stark increase in cattle slaughtered as a result of TB, reverse the downward trend of recent years and are substantially worse than any other part of the UK, with Scotland seeing a 42 per cent reduction in cattle slaughtered,” said Mr Elis-Thomas.

 

“Welsh farmers have played their part in trying to contain the spread of TB in Wales by adhering to strict cattle movement controls and testing. It is having a massive financial burden.

 

Comprehensive plan

 

“The disease must be tackled through a comprehensive plan which includes a clear strategy for dealing with the disease within the wildlife population, including a cull of TB infected wildlife.

 

“Looking to the future, I will certainly be making the case for the eradication of TB from both the wildlife and cattle populations, highlighting it as a matter of urgency and priority to the new Welsh Government, whoever that might be.”

 


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