DEFRA minister Jim Paice has announced a new Bovine TB Eradication Advisory Group for England, which will advise on the development and implementation of the Government’s strategy for eradicating the disease.

DEFRA minister Jim Paice has announced a new Bovine TB Eradication Advisory Group for England (TBEAG), which will advise on the development and implementation of the Government’s strategy for eradicating bovine tuberculosis.
 
TB testing. Image courtesy Carl Padgett.The new group will continue the valuable work carried out by the previous group, the Bovine TB Eradication Group for England (TBEG), which was set up in November 2008 to provide advice to Government on tackling the disease.

However, membership of the new group will be broadened to include additional areas of scientific expertise and wildlife and conservation knowledge as well as a broader range of farming experience.
 
Agriculture minister Jim Paice said: “The TB Eradication Group for England has provided excellent advice over the last four years, and I’m pleased their work will continue with the new advisory group which brings together the farming industry, veterinary profession, and Government to tackle this terrible disease together.”
 
TBEAG chairman John Cross. Credit: EBLEXThe TBEAG will be a subgroup of the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England and will hold its first meeting in July under the chairmanship of John Cross (current chairman of EBLEX and former chair of the NFU‘s Animal Health and Welfare Committee).

Mr Cross said: “If the cattle industry is to rid itself of this hugely damaging disease, it will require a new way of thinking, a clear action plan and a doggedly determined approach to the challenge.
 
“There are many complications and sensitivities around attacking this disease, but we need to see a way through these, and remain focused on the essential outcome, which is eradication.”
 

  • Further details of the group and its members can be found on the DEFRA website.

 

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