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.
“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.
“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.”