A history of bovine tuberculosis eradication policy in Northern Ireland.

Abstract:

:Despite many years of state-sponsored efforts to eradicate the disease from cattle through testing and slaughter, bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is still regarded as the most important and complex of animal health challenges facing the British livestock agricultural industry. This paper provides a historical analysis of the ongoing bTB statutory eradication programme in one part of the UK - Northern Ireland (NI) - which began in 1949 as a voluntary scheme, but between 1959 and 1960 became compulsory for all cattle herd-owners. Tracing bTB back through time sets the eradication efforts of the present day within a deeper context, and provides signposts for what developed in subsequent decades. The findings are based primarily on empirical research using historical published reports of the Ministry of Agriculture and state documents held in the public archives in NI, and they emphasize the need to consider the economic, social and political contexts of disease eradication efforts and their influences on both the past and the present.

journal_name

Epidemiol Infect

authors

Robinson PA

doi

10.1017/S0950268815000291

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2015-11-01 00:00:00

pages

3182-95

issue

15

eissn

0950-2688

issn

1469-4409

pii

S0950268815000291

journal_volume

143

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