"We have to close down every possible route. I cannot for the life of me understand why some farmers in non-hotspot areas are buying cattle from hotspot areas without getting them tested,” he said.
Now far be it for us to remind Hizonner, Lord Rooker, but testing - as in pre movement testing - has been in use in annual and two year testing parishes, or as he would describe them 'hotspot areas', for the last sixteen months. And thanks to a comment on the posting below, the appalling extent of this can be seen on Defra's map of GB. The reason why these tests do not show up on Defra's direct Tb budget, is that farmers pay for them. They were part of a package agreed with the industry two years ago. PreMT was introduced along with tabular valuation, but the third part of the package Defra reneged on. We agree that post movement testing is by far a better disease protection, but preMT is what Defra wanted, so that is what Defra got. So it really is adding insult to injury that having delivered on its obligations, the industry's leaders seem totally unaware of farmers' commitment to stopping cattle moving with bTb, at their own expense, and with absolutely nothing offered in return.