Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) was suspected in hounds at the Kimblewick in December (and subsequently confirmed at the end of January). DEFRA has not imposed any movement or other restrictions, as it does not consider that there is any increased risk to wildlife and farm stock. However, the Hunt immediately suspended hunting in the interests of farmers and landowners and the wider hunting interest.
There is only one recently recorded case of a dog with bTB in England, some four years ago. The Kimblewick and Hunting Office are working closely with officials from DEFRA, Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Public Health England and the Royal Dick Veterinary School (Edinburgh), other Vets with specialist expertise in bTB in order to determine the exact position and the best way forward.
The website will be updated when more information is known.
28th February 2017