Bovine TB Stats are Deeply Disappointing, Says Monmouth AM

Local Assembly Member for Monmouth, Nick Ramsay, has said that new statistics from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in relation to Bovine TB are deeply disappointing for the farming sector in Wales.

The statistics show that Wales saw a 28% increase in the total number of animals slaughtered in the 12 months to August 2019 compared to the previous year. The research also shows that whilst the number of new herd incidents of Bovine TB in the area fell by 5% compared to the previous year, at the same time the number of herds not officially TB free increased by 7%, from 331 herds to 363 herds.

Mr Ramsay said, “The latest Bovine TB statistics are very disappointing as they’re showing more and more cattle being slaughtered. The situation is simply unsustainable for Welsh farming. Sadly, the action and measures the government have implemented to date are failing the farming community and a lasting solution is now long overdue - it’s clear that the current TB programme needs to tackle the disease in the wildlife reservoir alongside the cattle controls and additional biosecurity measures that have already been announced. Moving forward, tackling Bovine TB must now be a priority for the Welsh Government so that the sustainability of the Welsh farming sector can be protected for the future.

“ I am all too aware of the devastating impact Bovine TB inflicts on our local farmers in Monmouthshire. It greatly affects and threatens their livelihoods and their mental health when livestock has to be destroyed. More needs to be done by the Welsh Government to support our farmers and deal with Bovine TB.”