This year’s bovine tuberculosis (TB) conference will focus on the work needed to make the UK free of the disease by 2038.

Organised by the TB Advisory Service (TBAS), this year’s conference is called ‘A collaborative approach towards a TB free future’.

The conference will take place on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, from 9:00a.m until 4:30p.m in Sixways Stadium, Warriors Way, Worcester.

This will be the second national TB conference and TBAS has described it as a “unique opportunity to bring together all those involved in TB control ensuring a collaborative approach.

TBAS is a project funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) that aims to offer practical advice to all eligible farmers in England to help reduce the risks associated with TB.

The conference will be opened by Defra Minister of State Lord Benyon, who will be joined by industry leaders, stakeholders and experts who will provide updates on achievements, policy, research and practice.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear the latest developments, ask questions and help shape the future work of TB eradication, TBAS said.

One of the speakers at the event is deputy president of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), Tom Bradshaw, who said: “Our ambition remains to achieve a TB-free England by 2038, while maintaining and enhancing a thriving livestock and dairy sector.”

The conference aims to reflect on the past 10 years of the TB Eradication Scheme for England, look forward to what the next 15 years may bring and question if TB freedom is a possibility by 2038.

Bradshaw will be joining a panel discussion Q&A session on the morning of the event. NFU staff and members will also be speaking about their experiences of collaboration locally.