The government has launched a consultation on its top three priorities for the next phase of the bovine TB strategy, which are:

• accelerating work to develop a deployable cattle vaccine in the next five years;
• evolving the wildlife control policy, by beginning to phase out intensive badger culling in the next few years and gradually replacing this with government-supported badger vaccination and surveillance. Culling would remain an option where epidemiological assessment indicates that it is needed;

• improving diagnostic testing to root out bTB more effectively, with deployment of more sensitive tests for surveillance supported by greater use of on-farm restriction of cattle with inconclusive test results.

To respond to the consultation please visit this page.  The consultation closes on 24 March.