Farmers join forces to tackle bovine TB

A successful information evening to discuss bovine TB within the Denbigh and Flintshire counties, arranged by the local Farmers’ Union of Wales branch, has resulted in the formation of a new discussion group.

The event, which was held at the Hanmer Arms, near Whitchurch, heard from APHA representatives and the North Wales TB Eradication Board, with FUW Senior Policy Officer Dr Hazel Wright also answering questions.  

FUW Denbigh and Flint CEO Mari Dafydd Jones said: “We held this meeting as we have many members that are being affected by TB within this area.  

“The level of TB in cattle has not shown any significant decline and new TB spikes have developed in the Intermediate TB Area.

“Alongside frustration at the lack of progress in the High TB Area, there is growing concern amongst members that previously clean areas are now at risk of a TB incursion.

“With this in mind we are forming a local discussion group to bring farmers together, with the aim of discussing ways forward for the industry and to further scrutinise the lack of progress made by Welsh Government.

“As part of this group we will also be evaluating farmers mental health, given the huge pressure those who have to deal with the disease on farm are under.”

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