Consultation on proposals to simplify surveillance testing in the High Risk Area of England and other disease control measures

Closed 29 Sep 2017

Opened 19 Jul 2017


Bovine TB is the most pressing and costly animal health problem in the UK.  The disease threatens our cattle industry and presents a risk to other livestock, as well as wildlife species, pets and humans.The Government remains determined to eradicate bovine TB.

 This is the latest in a series of consultation exercises aimed at introducing effective and proportionate TB control measures in cattle that will, when combined with measures to address the TB risk posed by badgers, increase the probability of achieving national official TB freedom by the target date of 2038.

The proposals in the consultation document fall in to three broad categories:



Why We Are Consulting

The Government remains determined to eradicate bovine TB, including through a comprehensive programme of interventions, as set out in the Strategy for achieving Officially Bovine Tuberculosis Free (OTF) status for England, which was published in April 2014 and can be found at


In proposing changes to TB controls in cattle herds  our aim is to strike a balance between robust disease control - aimed ultimately at achieving OTF status for England - and supporting a sustainable livestock industry. However, in order to achieve OTF status it is vital that Government works closely with stakeholders to ensure that policy enhancements can be delivered and that any adverse impacts are minimised.





  • Vets
  • Operators of animal gatherings
  • Local Authorities
  • Business/Private Sector
  • Veterinarians
  • Local Authorities
  • Farmers
  • Tenant Farmers
  • Trading Standards Officers
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Professional and Membership Organisations/Agencies


  • Animals
  • Local environments
  • Dairy industry
  • Cattle
  • Animal diseases
  • Animal welfare
  • Single Payment Scheme (SPS)
  • Cross compliance
  • Common Agricultural Reform (CAP)
  • Uplands
  • Livestock disease control
  • Meat Industry
  • Rural economy and communities