The Welsh Government has opened a fresh consultation inviting views on revised plans that would change how farmers in Wales are compensated if their cattle are slaughtered because of bovine TB.
It follows on from last year’s decision not to introduce a table valuation system and is aimed at tackling fraudulent claims.
“We need a compensation system that encourages cattle keepers to play their part in eradicating this disease from Wales so I am now consulting on introducing revised plans which would penalise cattle keepers who undertake risky practices, such as hiding or failing to present cattle for testing, valuation or removal, which can contribute to the spread of TB,” Rebecca Evans, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, said today (Monday, August 17).
“I am keen to hear views on these proposals and encourage anybody with an interest to respond to the consultation.”
She also announced that the application window for a grant of up to £2,500 for livestock markets to purchase equipment, such as screens, to allow them to display the TB history of animals being sold, will now run until the end of the year.
“As we have continued to receive interest in the grant I have decided to extend the application window and would encourage markets to make use of this funding while it is available,” she added.
The consultation on TB compensation will run until November 6, with details of how to respond set out in the consultation document available on the Welsh Government website. More information about the grant is available at:www.gov.wales/bovinetb or by calling 0800 5283300.