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Introducing new animals to a herd can be a potential disease risk for TB and other cattle diseases. 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 assess 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.
Try to obtain a full TB history of herds from which you purchase cattle so that you can assess the level of risk and take action to manage it. As a minimum, you should ask for:
Using this information you will be able to make a more informed decision about whether to purchase the animal(s), and if you do proceed, how to manage that animal(s) once on-farm (e.g. through separation from the existing herd and/or post movement testing).
The Bovine TB Risk Based Trading Group was an industry-led advisory group with responsibility for providing expert advice to Defra Ministers. It was established in 2012 to make recommendations on options for developing voluntary measures for risk based trading in England to help reduce the risk of TB spreading.