Will Wales be affected by the announcement that the Animal and Plant Health Agency will expand PCR use to post-mortem tissue samples taken from cattle that have tested positive for bTB, to their direct contacts, and to privately or compulsory slaughtered or dead animals with an inconclusive skin-test result?

Answered by Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd | Answered on 08/02/2024

Yes. It will also be introduced in Wales as the measures are to be implemented across GB. The new method will reduce the time taken for APHA laboratories to report results from up to 22 weeks to just three weeks.