Bovine TB con­sul­ta­tion

The Oban Times - - FARMING -

FOL­LOW­ING the pub­li­ca­tion of pro­pos­als to in­tro­duce changes to ex­ist­ing dis­ease con­trol mea­sures for bovine TB, ru­ral econ­omy sec­re­tary Fer­gus Ewing has said the Scot­tish Govern­ment is com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing its cur­rent low level of TB and safe­guard the coun­try’s of­fi­cial TB-free sta­tus.

He added: ‘It only seems fair that, where a keeper has bro­ken rules, they should not then be able to re­cover the full mar­ket value for their an­i­mals that are slaugh­tered as a re­sult of poor farm­ing prac­tises or non-com­pli­ance.

‘We are there­fore look­ing for views as to whether fur­ther mea­sures to en­cour­age Scot­tish farm­ers to fol­low good farm­ing prac­tises and keep dis­eases out of their herds is re­quired.

‘I would en­cour­age any­one with an in­ter­est in this area to par­tic­i­pate in this con­sul­ta­tion by the dead­line of Novem­ber 30.’

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