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New Bovine TB Partnership Launched

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12th February, 2021 14h01

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The Government’s newly formed Bovine TB Partnership held its inaugural meeting today (11 February), attended by Biosecurity Minister Lord Gardiner.

As part of the Government’s response to Professor Sir Charles Godfray’s review of the Government’s bTB Strategy, the Government has worked with industry and stakeholders to co-design the new bTB Partnership to encourage shared ownership, coordination and decision-making surrounding England’s 25 year bTB eradication strategy.

The group will be a driving force helping to progress the Government’s aim of eradicating the disease and absorbs the advisory function formerly performed by the bTB Eradication Advisory Group for England (TBEAG).

The Partnership is made up of members who have extensive experience and expertise in the farming industry, veterinary science, conservation and academia.

Biosecurity Minister Lord Gardiner said:

“The wealth of experience and expertise brought to the table by this new Partnership will be invaluable in helping to achieve the Government’s ambition to eradicate bTB from this country by 2038.

“We have made extensive progress in tackling this disease to date and I look forward to working closely with the group to build on this progress, ensuring that this disease is eradicated as quickly and effectively as possible.”

Bovine TB Partnership Chair and experienced Norfolk farmer John Cross said:

“We have 17 years of the 25 year TB Strategy left, the timeline is ambitious as it should be, and I am really anticipating that the high calibre of this new Partnership will give TB eradication a real boost.

“We have a large, broadly based group here that represents an amazing collective intellect to pitch against this disease, with a positive forward looking , science based approach. If we all work in true partnership this pathogen will be defeated.”

The Partnership will:

A work plan will be devised by the Partnership to establish the priorities for the coming year.

The full terms of reference and members of the Partnership can be found here.

The Government is currently consulting on the next phase of its strategy to eradicate bTB in England by 2038. This follows the Government’s response to the Godfray Review which set out plans to phase out intensive culling in the next few years, and outlined the need to continue tackling infection in both cattle and wildlife. It also set out priorities that include a transition to badger vaccination, accelerating work to develop a deployable cattle vaccination and improving diagnostic testing. The consultation can be accessed here.


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