Farmers in Wales are being urged to have their say on the government’s plans to tackle outbreaks of bovine TB in the country, with the ultimate aim of eradicating the disease in Wales.

 

Environment secretary Lesley Griffiths has expressed disappointment at the low number of responses to the government’s consultation, which includes plans to establish low, medium and high bovine TB incidence areas as part of wider proposals to curb the spread of the disease.

 

The idea behind having areas with different designations is to enable a tailored approach to managing bovine TB outbreaks, and to the measures that are put in place to protect farmers and their herds from the illness.

 

Ms Griffiths said that they government has so far only received 18 responses to the consultation, despite it being something that farmers are very vocal about when she visits them. The public consultation was launched in October and is due to close on 10 January 2017.

 

“We welcome views on all aspects of the proposals and want anyone affected by this issue to come forward and have their say,” she stated.

 

This summer, the Welsh government announced that the number of herds in the country under restrictions from TB was at the lowest level since 2006. The data also showed that 94.6 per cent of herds in Wales were TB free in the first quarter of this year.

 

While there’s no treatment for bovine TB in cattle, there are plenty of things that you can do to help keep your livestock healthy. Making sure you’re giving your herd relevant cattle vitamin supplements regularly is just one way in which you can maintain healthy and happy animals on your farm.