Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Written Evidence

4.  Memorandum submitted by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  Please find attached statistics on TB incidence in Great Britain (Annex A). Information is provided on the counties which have the highest level of bovine TB in 1997 and 2006, and which had RBCT triplets in their areas. We had hoped to provide statistics on bovine TB incidence in specific triplet areas before and after culling operations, but unfortunately this has not been possible in the time available.

  For context Annex B shows the National Statistics chart for the incidence of bovine TB in Great Britain over ten years, calculated as the percentage of unrestricted herds experiencing a confirmed breakdown (a herd disclosing reactors to the skin test at a routine test).

  As the Committee asked about how the triplets were selected Annex C is provided for interest. It is a Standard Operating Procedure from the RBCT which outlines the way in which trial areas were selected for inclusion in the trial, and how their borders were defined.

December 2007

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