Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Bovine TB Information Note 01/17                          06 November 2017

Bovine TB – Expansion of the edge area in England and new cattle testing arrangements in the expanded edge area

This note is of particular significance for cattle keepers in:  

  • Berkshire
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Cheshire
  • Derbyshire
  • East Sussex
  • Hampshire
  • Leicestershire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Warwickshire

Introduction

1. In August 2016 Defra consulted on two proposals relating to the Edge Area of England.

2. The first proposed change was to re-classify the part Edge, part High Risk Area (HRA) counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire, East Sussex, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire as fully in the Edge Area.  That would mean that herds in the HRA parts of these counties may then be subject to a new routine surveillance testing regime.  TB breakdown herds with lesion and/or culture positive animals in these counties would be subject to mandatory interferon gamma testing, as is the case for herds in the current Edge Area.  Eligibility for support from the new Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (known as BEVS 2) would also extend to these new parts of the Edge Area.

3.The second proposed change was to require herds in some parts of the Edge Area to be subject to six monthly routine surveillance testing, while others would remain on annual testing but with the addition of 3km radial tests around TB breakdowns with lesion and/or culture positive animals. The current Edge Area part of Cheshire is already subject to six monthly routine surveillance testing. The current Edge Area part of Derbyshire is already subject to radial testing.

Defra Ministers have now decided that these proposals should be implemented as soon as possible.

What this means for you

4. This information Note is intended to help you understand the implications for your business. As a first step, PLEASE TAKE A CAREFUL LOOK AT ANNEX A AND ANNEX B, which will tell you what will change in your area.

5. A radial test is a TB surveillance test around all new TB breakdowns with lesion and/or culture positive animals. The purpose of the test is to check neighbouring cattle herds for any disease spread, and to help identify any undetected source of infection in the locality. All cattle holdings falling within, or straddling, a 3km radius circle from the new TB breakdown will be identified and required to undertake a radial test of all the cattle on the holding aged 42 days or older. If a clear herd test has been completed within the previous two months, the radial test would be deferred until six months from the date of that last herd test. Herds are not placed under TB restrictions whilst awaiting radial testing.

6. If you are in an area which will be subject to annual with radial testing you do not need to do anything. Your annual testing will be unaffected. You will receive a notification from Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) if and when a radial test of your herd is required.

7. The most significant change will be for herd owners in areas which will become subject to six monthly, rather than annual, surveillance testing. This change will be phased in from 1 January 2018. Once the routine whole herd test already scheduled for 2018 is completed, another routine whole herd test will be scheduled six months later.


8. As now, you will have a window of two months from the earliest date your test can be started within which to complete your test (for example, tests scheduled to start from 1 January must be completed by 2 March).

What to do if you will be on six monthly testing and your additional test dates are unsuitable for your business

9. We recognise that adding a second date six months after the current scheduled earliest test date won’t be suitable for many herds. For example, if you have a beef herd that spends a large proportion of the year out to grass and you currently test in January when the herd is housed, a second date in July probably won’t serve your purposes (despite the fact that the window for that test would extend to September).

10. Please think about what test dates would suit your business needs. The following table may help you.

 

Earliest date first test can be started (examples) Window for first test Earliest date second test can be started Window for second test
1 January 1 January to 2 March 1 July 1 July to 30 August
1 February 1 February to 2 April 1 August 1 August to 30 September
1 March 1 March to 30 April 1 September 1 September to 31 October
1 April 1 April to 31 May 1 October 1 October to 30 November
1 May 1 May to 30 June 1 November 1 November to 31 December
1 June 1 June to 31 July 1 December 1 December to 30 January
1 July 1 July to 30 August 1 January 1 January to 2 March
1 August 1 August to 30 September 1 February 1 February to 2 April
1 September 1 September to 31 October 1 March 1 March to 30 April
1 October 1 October to 30 November 1 April 1 April to 31 May
1 November 1 November to 31 December 1 May 1 May to 30 June
1 December 1 December to 30 January 1 June 1 June to 31 July

11. If you haven’t already been informed of your 2018 test date, APHA will notify you in the usual way. Once your first routine whole herd test in 2018 is completed, if you wish to change the date of the next test (which will be scheduled for six months later), please contact the APHA TB Advice Centre via the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. The Helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm. APHA will as far as possible seek to accommodate your preferred testing dates.

Benefits of six monthly testing

12. Six monthly surveillance testing enables infected cattle to be identified at an earlier stage thereby reducing the time the bovine TB bacterium can spread within the herd; be transmitted to other herds and/or wildlife; and be spread in the environment. But just as importantly it also enables us to do away with a number of ad hoc, unpredictable TB tests. These include tests of herds contiguous to TB breakdowns and check tests in herds with suspected cases of TB reported at routine slaughter.

Annex A: Changes to surveillance testing regimes in the Edge Area

 

County Current boundaries Current testing regime(s) Changes to boundaries and surveillance testing regimes
Berkshire Fully Edge Annual Berkshire West  (see parish list in Annex B) will be on six monthly testing
All other areas in Berkshire will be on annual with radial testing
Buckinghamshire Fully Edge Annual Annual with radial testing
Cheshire Part Edge & part HRA Cheshire South (HRA) – Annual Fully Edge and six monthly testing
Cheshire North (Edge) six monthly testing NO CHANGE in testing regime
Derbyshire Part Edge & part HRA Derbyshire West (HRA) Annual Fully Edge and six monthly testing (see parish list in Annex B)
Derbyshire (Edge) Annual with radial testing NO CHANGE in testing regime
East Sussex Part Edge & part HRA Annual Fully Edge – Annual with radial testing
Hampshire Fully Edge Annual Hampshire North West (see parish list in Annex B) will be on six monthly testing
All other areas will be on annual with radial testing
Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire Fully Edge Annual Annual with radial testing
Oxfordshire and Warwickshire Part Edge & part HRA Annual Fully Edge on six monthly testing

All counties listed above will have mandatory use of the gamma interferon blood test in TB breakdowns with lesion and/or culture positive animals, and will be eligible for Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme grants.

Annex B: List of parishes that will move to six monthly testing in Berkshire, Derbyshire and Hampshire

List of parishes in Berkshire that will move to six monthly testing

CP number Parish Name   CP number Parish Name
02/054 Combe 02/096 Speen
02/055 Hungerford 02/097 Stanford Dingley
02/056 Inkpen 02/098 Thatcham
02/057 Kintbury 02/099 Wasing
02/058 West Woodhay 02/100 Welford
02/059 Aldworth 02/101 Great Shefford
02/060 Catmore 02/102 Winterbourne
02/062 Compton 02/103 Woolhampton
02/063 East Ilsley 02/104 Yattendon
02/064 Farnborough 02/105 Aldermaston
02/065 West Ilsley 02/106 Ashampstead
02/066 East Garston 02/107 Basildon
02/067 Lambourn 02/109 Beenham
02/077 Beedon 02/110 Bradfield
02/078 Boxford 02/111 Burghfield
02/079 Brightwalton 02/112 Englefield
02/080 Brimpton 02/113 Stratfield Mortimer
02/081 Bucklebury 02/114 Padworth
02/082 Chieveley 02/115 Pangbourne
02/083 Cold Ash 02/116 Purley On Thames
02/085 Enborne 02/119 Streatley
02/086 Frilsham 02/120 Sulham
02/087 Greenham 02/121 Sulhamstead
02/088 Hampstead Marshall 02/122 Sulhamstead Bannister
02/089 Hampstead Norreys 02/124 Elwick Hall
02/090 Leckhampstead 02/125 Cambridge District
02/091 Midgham 02/127 Ufton Nervet
02/092 Newbury 02/145 Chaddleworth
02/093 Peasemore 02/153 Fawley
02/094 Hermitage 02/192 Wokefield
02/095 Shaw Cum Donnington

List of parishes in Derbyshire that will move to six monthly testing

CP number Parish Name   CP number Parish Name
09/001 Ashover 09/048 Longford
09/002 Clay Cross 09/049 Mapleton
09/004 Stretton 09/050 Mercaston
09/005 Alfreton 09/051 Offcote & Underwood
09/007 Brackenfield 09/052 Osleston & Thurvaston
09/010 Shirland & Higham 09/053 Osmaston
09/012 South Wingfield 09/054 Parwich
09/014 Wessington 09/055 Rodsley
09/015 Alkmonton 09/056 Shirley
09/016 Barton Blount 09/057 Snelston
09/017 Boylestone 09/059 Thorpe
09/018 Church Broughton 09/060 Tissington
09/019 Cubley 09/061 Yeaveley
09/020 Doveridge 09/062 Yeldersley
09/021 Foston & Scropton 09/064 Ashford in the Water
09/022 Hatton 09/065 Bakewell
09/023 Hilton 09/067 Beeley
09/024 Hoon 09/068 Birchover
09/025 Hungry Bentley 09/069 Blackwell in the Peak
09/026 Marston Montgomery 09/070 Brushfield
09/027 Marston on Dove 09/072 Chelmorton
09/028 Norbury & Roston 09/074 Edensor
09/029 Somersal Herbert 09/075 Elton
09/030 Sudbury 09/078 Flagg
09/031 Sutton on the Hill 09/079 Foolow
09/032 Ashbourne 09/081 Gratton
09/033 Atlow 09/082 Great Hucklow
09/034 Ballidon 09/083 Great Longstone
09/035 Bradbourne 09/085 Harthill
09/036 Bradley 09/086 Hartington Middle Quarter
09/037 Clifton & Compton 09/087 Hassop
09/038 Eaton & Alsop 09/092 Little Longstone
09/039 Edlaston & Wyaston 09/093 Litton
09/040 Fenny Bentley 09/094 Middleton & Smerrill
09/041 Hartington Town Quarter 09/095 Monyash
09/042 Hartington Nether Quarter 09/096 Nether Haddon
09/043 Hognaston 09/099 Over Haddon
09/044 Hollington 09/102 Rowland
09/045 Hulland 09/103 Rowsley
09/046 Hulland Ward 09/104 Sheldon
09/047 Kniveton 09/105 Stanton
09/108 Taddington 09/216 Trusley
09/109 Tideswell 09/217 Weston upon Trent
09/110 Wardlow 09/218 Weston Underwood
09/111 Wheston 09/219 Willington
09/112 Winster 09/241 Dale Abbey
09/113 Youlgreave 09/242 Denby
09/114 Alderwasley 09/243 Heanor & Loscoe
09/115 Ashleyhay 09/244 Horsley
09/116 Belper 09/245 Horsley Woodhouse
09/117 Crich 09/248 Mapperley
09/118 Duffield 09/249 Morley
09/119 Hazelwood 09/250 Pentrich
09/121 Holbrook 09/251 Ripley
09/122 Kilburn 09/253 Shipley
09/124 Shottle & Postern 09/254 Smalley
09/125 Turnditch 09/255 Stanley & Stanley Common
09/126 Windley 09/257 West Hallam
09/128 Buxton 09/258 Bretby
09/130 Green Fairfield 09/259 Calke
09/131 Hartington Upper Quarter 09/261 Foremark
09/132 King Sterndale 09/262 Ingleby
09/133 Wormhill 09/263 Melbourne
09/151 Peak Forest 09/264 Newton Solney
09/176 Wingerworth 09/264 Newton Solney
09/180 Aston upon Trent 09/265 Repton
09/181 Barrow upon Trent 09/266 Stanton by Bridge
09/182 Brailsford 09/267 Ticknall
09/183 Breadsall 09/268 Castle Gresley
09/187 Dalbury Lees 09/269 Cauldwell
09/189 City of Derby 09/272 Hartshorne
09/191 Egginton 09/273 Linton
09/192 Elvaston 09/277 Rosliston
09/193 Etwall 09/278 Smisby
09/194 Findern 09/280 Swadlincote
09/196 Kedleston 09/281 Walton upon Trent
09/197 Kirk Langley 09/282 Woodville
09/199 Little Eaton 09/283 Aldwark
09/201 Mackworth 09/284 Biggin
09/205 Quarndon 09/285 Bonsall
09/206 Radbourne 09/286 Brassington
09/207 Ravensdale Park 09/287 Callow
09/214 Twyford & Stenson 09/288 Carsington
09/215 Swarkestone 09/289 Cromford
09/291 Dethick Lea & Holloway 09/306 Burnaston
09/292 Hopton 09/307 Lea Hall
09/293 Ible 09/308 Newton Grange
09/294 Idridgehay & Alton 09/310 Ivonbrook Grange
09/295 Kirk Ireton 09/580 Codnor
09/296 Matlock Town 09/582 Somercotes
09/297 Matlock Bath 09/582 Somercotes
09/299 Tansley 09/583 Swanwick
09/301 Wirksworth 09/584 Darley Dale
09/302 Catton 09/585 Northwood & Tinkersley
09/303 Drakelow 09/586 South Darley
09/304 Ash 09/589 Stenson Fields
09/305 Bearwardcote 09/590 Middleton

List of parishes in Hampshire that will move to six monthly testing

CP number Parish Name   CP number Parish Name
15/022 Abbotts Ann 15/074 Sherborne St John
15/023 Amport 15/075 Sherfield on Loddon
15/024 Andover 15/076 Steventon
15/025 Appleshaw 15/077 Stratfield Saye
15/029 Faccombe 15/078 Stratfield Turgis
15/031 Fyfield 15/084 Wootton St Lawrence
15/033 Grately 15/086 Mortimer West End
15/034 Hurstbourne Priors 15/087 Pamber
15/035 Hurstbourne Tarrant 15/088 Silchester
15/036 Kimpton 15/145 Ashmansworth
15/039 Linkenholt 15/146 Baughurst
15/040 Longparish 15/147 Burghclere
15/042 Monxton 15/149 East Woodhay
15/044 Over Wallop 15/150 Ecchinswell & Sydmonton
15/046 Penton Mewsey 15/154 Highclere
15/047 Quarley 15/155 Kingsclere
15/048 St Mary Bourne 15/156 Laverstoke
15/049 Shipton Bellinger 15/157 Litchfield & Woodcott
15/050 South Tedworth 15/158 Newtown
15/052 Tangley 15/159 Overton
15/053 Thruxton 15/161 Tadley
15/055 Vernhams Dean 15/163 Whitchurch
15/059 Basingstoke 15/336 Smannell
15/060 Bramley 15/337 Penton Grafton
15/062 Oakley 15/345 Charlton
15/063 Deane 15/347 Hannington
15/067 Hartley Wespall 15/350 Ashford Hill with Headley
15/070 Monk Sherborne 15/352 Chineham
15/073 North Waltham