HC Deb 07 July 1960 vol 626 c681
19. Mr. P. Browne

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress has been made towards finding a vaccine to immunise cattle against Johne's disease which does not give a false tuberculin test reaction.

Mr. Hare

Research is going on into this very difficult problem. I cannot say when it is likely to yield positive results.

Mr. Browne

As the majority of this country is now designated an attested area, and as there are grave losses from Johne's disease every year, will my right hon. Friend consider allowing those farmers who wish to do so to have their cattle vaccinated in the areas which are now designated attested areas, possibly extending the attestation tests from a one-year to a two-year period?

Mr. Hare

My hon. Friend is thinking on the right lines and I will consider what he has said, but the first thing we have to do is to get the whole of the country attested, which we will do very soon, and then make further progress with our field trials on vaccination against Johne's disease.

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