Policy on bovine TB is devolved to governments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In England, the Government is committed to implementing a 25-year strategy to eradicate bovine TB. The Strategy for achieving officially TB free status by 2038, was published in 2014 and includes tighter cattle measures, badger vaccination and culling.
The Welsh Government established its TB eradication programme, aimed at tackling all sources of infection, to carry out its long-term goal of eradicating bovine TB. It includes measures such as annual TB testing of all cattle herds, enhanced cattle movement controls and promotion of good biosecurity practice.
Information about bovine TB policy in Wales is available from the Welsh Government.
Scotland has been officially TB free (OTF) since September 2009. This unique position within the UK is in recognition of the relatively low and stable incidence of TB found in Scottish cattle herds.
This allows Scotland the flexibility to better target resources and adopt a risk based approach to surveillance, while continuing to protect and maintain OTF status. Low TB risk herds that meet certain criteria are exempt from routine four yearly surveillance testing.
Full details of bovine TB policy in Scotland are available from the Scottish Government.
The TB Strategic Partnership Group launched its bovine TB eradication Strategy in December 2016. It includes a series of recommendations developed by the group that they feel, if implemented, would lead to the eradication of the disease in the future.
More information about bovine TB policy in Northern Ireland is available from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.