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As fears grow about the possibility of Scotland losing its TB-free status, the Farmers’ Union of Wales’ (FUW) has warned a failure to get to grips with the disease could leave UK farmers unable to trade with the EU.
While ridding the UK of bovine TB may seem like a pipe-dream when faced with the day to day reality of living and working with the disease, the industry remains confident in the Government’s 25-year strategy.
Although Wales has taken pride in pursuing a radically different TB policy to England, there have been calls from First Minister Carwyn Jones for the UK to have a common animal health policy post-Brexit.
Farmers are being put off taking part in enhanced measures designed to stamp out TB because the burden of bureaucracy is too much for them to cope with, according to Cheshire NFU county chairman Phil Latham.