About Bovine TB
Testing & movements
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Infected cattle can be a source of infection for bovine TB, meaning the disease can be passed on between cattle. This guidance aims to reduce the risk of bovine TB transmission to your livestock.
The key objective of risk based trading (RBT) is to consider the TB history of the herd that you are buying from so that you can determine and manage the risk of introducing TB into your herd. RBT can play an important part in helping to reduce the spread of bovine TB.
Pre and post movement testing reduces the risk of bovine TB spreading to other herds through movements of cattle. Pre movement testing is a statutory requirement for certain Officially TB Free (OTF) herds.
Bringing animals into your herd will always carry a risk of introducing many diseases, not just TB. Isolation is an important part of a herd health plan.
Effective cleansing and disinfection on your farm is important for both bovine TB and other infectious animal diseases.
Contact with infected cattle in neighbouring herds is another potential source of infection. Infection from neighbouring herds can occur via direct or indirect contact.
Cattle can become infected with TB by several routes, but the respiratory and alimentary routes are most common.