PROTECT YOUR HERD FROM TB

Bovine TB can be devastating to your community. Take these five actions to protect yourself and your neighbours:

 

RESTRICT contact between badgers and cattle
  • Find out if badgers visit your farm.
  • Introduce barriers to prevent badgers accessing cattle.
  • Limit access of cattle to badger latrines and setts.

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MANAGE cattle feed and water
  • Restrict badger access to feed stores, troughs and mineral licks.
  • Don’t put feed on the ground at pasture and clean up spillages.
  • Use clean, fresh water and restrict badger access to water troughs.
  • Only feed waste milk to calves if it has been boiled or pasteurised.

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STOP infected cattle entering the herd
  • Ask for TB history information before you buy new cattle.
  • Post-movement test cattle entering the herd.
  • Isolate all higher-risk cattle before they enter the herd.

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REDUCE risk from neighbouring herds
  • Check local TB outbreaks data online at www.ibtb.co.uk
  • Put in place effective barriers between neighbouring herds.
  • Avoid sharing equipment or vehicles with other farms.
  • Avoid sharing cattle grazing with other herds.

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MINIMISE infection from cattle manure
  • Store manure for a long period before spreading on farm.
  • Only spread manure on arable land or pasture that is not going to be grazed by cattle for at least two months.
  • Minimise aerosols and contamination of roadways when spreading.
  • Don’t spread manure from other farms.

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Background

  • Bovine TB (tuberculosis) is a chronic, infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium bovis ( bovis). It is mainly, but not exclusively, a respiratory disease caught by breathing in droplets of sputum (mucus coughed up from the lower airways) containing M bovis for example through close contact with infected cattle and wildlife. Infection is also possible through other routes for example eating feed contaminated with sputum, milk, urine, faeces or pus from infectious animals.
  • Protect your herd from TB’ contains five main recommendations on the practical measures that you can take to reduce the risk of introducing bovine TB on to your farm. The importance of these measures may vary between herds and risk areas (i.e. High-Risk, Low-Risk and Edge Areas) so consider consulting your vet to ensure that the right measures are put in place for your herd. It may not be practical to apply all of the measures, but taking action to limit opportunities for disease transmission will help to protect your own farm and other farms.
  • Please note that whilst the majority of this guidance applies to all cattle farms across England and Wales, there is some reference to the TB risk areas in England.

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Please note that the advice given in this document does not necessarily take into account the biosecurity requirements for specific situations, e.g. Approved Finishing Units or CHeCS accreditation. The requirements of these specific circumstances should also be taken into consideration where appropriate.

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Protect your herd: CHeCS Accreditation

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RESTRICT contact between badgers and cattle

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MANAGE cattle feed and water

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STOP infected cattle entering the herd

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REDUCE risk from neighbouring herds

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MINIMISE infection from cattle manure

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