Cleansing and Disinfection

Effective cleansing and disinfection on your farm is very important for both bovine TB and other infectious animal diseases. You should cleanse and disinfect protective clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with farm animals. Where practicable, you should use disposable protective clothing.

> Click here for Defra guidance on disease prevention for livestock keepers and farmers

Under certain conditions, particularly in wet and cold weather, M. bovis can survive in the environment for a significant period of time.

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Certain disinfectants are approved by Defra for use against bovine TB. By law you must use a Defra approved disinfectant when there is an outbreak of any notifiable disease.

> Click here for the Defra list of disinfectants approved for use in England, Scotland and Wales

Alongside using a Defra approved disinfectant, there are certain requirements for cleansing and disinfection in a breakdown situation, which includes thoroughly cleansing and disinfecting all buildings where reactor cattle have been housed.

> Click here for guidance for cattle keepers in England, Scotland and Wales on what happens if TB is identified or suspected in their herd


Cleansing and Disinfection