Penalties for Overdue Testing in England

The timely testing of cattle herds is a key TB control measure. Those that fail to test on time increase the risk of disease spread. Since 1st January 2015 cross-compliance penalties are applied to those who are late in completing their TB tests. All types of TB (skin) tests are included, except those which result from tracings of animals following a TB breakdown elsewhere.

Under existing cross compliance rules, RPA apply a percentage reduction to CAP Scheme payments claimed by those cattle keepers who have not met their TB testing obligations.

Further details can be found in the Defra information note:

> Click here for Defra Bovine TB Information Note 01/15. Cross compliance – further advice for cattle keepers on financial penalties for overdue TB tests

To further encourage the timely testing of cattle herds compensation will be reduced for any reactors found on a test overdue by more than 60 days.

The Cattle Compensation (England) Order 2012 sets out the reduction on a sliding scale:

  • More than 60 days overdue but less than 90 days, reduced by 25%
  • More than 90 days but less than 180 days, reduced by 50%
  • More than 180 days, reduced by 95%.

Further details can be found in the Cattle Compensation (England) Order 2012:

> Click here for Cattle Compensation (England) Order 2012