November 30, 2017
New interactive map shows UK cattle raisers bovine TB risk areas
UK cattle raisers can now easily see at a glance the different bovine TB risk areas in Great Britain with the launching of an interactive map.
The new tool has been added to the TB Hub website at www.tbhub.co.uk, wherein farmers can find practical advice on dealing with bovine TB on their farm.
According to AHDB Dairy, the map highlights whether an area is at high or low risk from TB and reveals further information about an area's status. Farmers can also access useful updates about their area's testing intervals and movement restrictions.
"The new map makes it easier for farmers to access information about TB risk status and understand what it means for them", said AHDB Lead Vet Derek Armstrong.
Armstrong said that dealing with bovine TB can impact financially and emotionally on farmers and their families. "The TB Hub aims to give them the most up-to date information on how to reduce the TB risk to their cattle and manage the implications for their farm business".
The hub is a joint industry initiative, supported by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board, the Animal & Plant Health Agency, the British Cattle Veterinary Association, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Landex and the National Farmers Union.
England, in particular, hopes to make more than half of the country bovine TB-free by 2020.
England's Farming Minister George Eustice MP had stressed that bovine TB had a devastating impact on farms and that they were taking "strong action" to eradicate the disease.