Most recent
 Accuracy of the TB test for cattle
Added or updated 2 months ago
 Bovine TB in Ireland
Added or updated 3 months ago
PDF icon reviewing-bovine-tb-control-in-devon
Added or updated 4 months ago
PDF icon summary-of-supplementary-badger-control-2017-and-the-chief-veterinary-officers-advice-on-the-outcome
Added or updated 5 months ago
PDF icon further-description-of-bovine-tuberculosis-trends-in-the-united-kingdom-and-the-republic-of-ireland-2003-2015
Added or updated 6 months ago
 Did culling affect TB infection in badgers?
Added or updated 7 months ago
PDF icon badger-intervention-measures-to-address-tb-in-wales
Added or updated 7 months ago
PDF icon atic1248-request
Added or updated 8 months ago
PDF icon examination-of-badgers-for-the-randomised-block-culling-trial
Added or updated 8 months ago
PDF icon culling-and-cattle-controls-influence-tuberculosis-risk-for-badgers-supporting-data-set-legend
Added or updated 8 months ago
 Badger cull thoroughness
Added or updated 9 months ago
 Launch of farmer-led TB governance in New Zealand
Added or updated 9 months ago
 Bovine TB in New Zealand
Added or updated 9 months ago
 An example of how badger culling in the UK is being cast in a negative light
Added or updated 9 months ago
 Data needed to achieve meaningful results in the 2013 badger culls
Added or updated 10 months ago
 Gassing of badger setts
Added or updated 11 months ago
 Bovine TB in the UK, England, Ireland, Wales and New Zealand
Added or updated 12 months ago
 Bovine TB in GB. Latest SAM data, maps and older VETNET data.
Added or updated 12 months ago
PDF icon Wildlife management and zoonotic infections. A one day symposium held at The Royal Society of Medicine, London on 17 November 2010.
Added or updated 12 months ago
PDF icon Badgers prefer cattle pasture but avoid cattle: implications for bovine tuberculosis control. R Woodroffe et al. Ecology Letters. 2016.
Added or updated 12 months ago

In England, the unit cost of a TB test is 3 times greater than in New Zealand. In Northern Ireland, the cost is 4 times greater.

The following table shows unit costs in 2008. These costs were obtained by dividing the total annual spend on testing (excluding laboratory costs) by the number of tests performed.

Total annual test cost (£M)4.3212.4657.7643.2
Number of tests performed (M)4.864.642.2431.408
Unit cost (£)0.892.683.462.27

This data was sourced as shown below.

New ZealandRequest (Sent 02Apr09)Reply (Received 05Jun09)Received data
EnglandRequest (Sent 10May09)Reply (Received 08Jun09)Received data
Northern IrelandRequest (Sent 26Mar09)Reply (Received 04Jun09)Received data
WalesRequest (Sent 03May09)Reply (Received 29May09)Received data

In New Zealand, the following should be noted.
  • Farmers pay a levy and sums raised in this way pay for TB testing and compensatation for reactors. In fact the government does not provide any funds for testing or compensation.
  • When TB testing, the caudal fold site (which is just underneath the base of the tail) is injected rather than the neck. Hair from this site doesn't need clipping and as a consequence relatively large numbers of cattle can be tested in a day. In fact a tester may look to test approximately 1,000 cattle per day and this helps to keep the cost of testing down.

This information about New Zealand was sourced as shown below.

Request (Sent 02Apr09)Reply (Received 26May09)

On presenting these costs to DEFRA, DEFRA replied as follows.

Request (Sent 22Jun09)Reply (Received 20Jul09)

Javascript is disabled