bTB Biosecurity – Improving herd resilience to bovine TB (bTB)

A key part of the Government’s comprehensive 25 year strategy to achieve Officially TB Free status for England is the promotion of good biosecurity on and off farm. To support this, a series of bTB biosecurity training events were launched in 2016 targeted at cattle keepers and vets.

Development of online teaching and training materials

Defra and Land Based Learning (LBL) have developed online training materials on bTB biosecurity based on the principles of the joint Defra/industry 5 Point Plan. The training materials are designed to help students, farmers and farm workers learn more about bTB and how to protect their herd against bTB. The online training materials are fully interactive and feature videos, case studies and informal assessments to test understanding.

The online training materials cover the following topics;

Understand facts about bTB

  • A fact file on bTB
  • Government policy on bTB
  • TB testing
  • TB vaccination and other research

RESTRICT contact between badgers and cattle

  • About the badger
  • Principles of biosecurity
  • Understand the risk from badgers
  • Restricting badger access

MANAGE cattle feed and water

  • Restricting badger access to feed stores
  • Feeding techniques to minimise contamination
  • Drinking water management

STOP infected cattle entering the herd

  • Questions to ask about a herd’s bTB history before buying
  • Pre and post movement testing requirements
  • Isolation methods
  • Cattle trading options explained

REDUCE the risk of infection from neighbouring herds

  • How to check the local bTB situation
  • How to establish effective barriers between cattle herds
  • The risks of sharing equipment and how these can be minimised

MINIMISE infection from cattle manure

  • TB and manure
  • The risk from spreading manure and how this can be minimised

bTB biosecurity – putting it into practice

An opportunity to review some published case studies and appraise the biosecurity measures that have been implemented on farm.

Practical assignment

Develop an on-farm bTB biosecurity plan using the measures in the joint Defra/industry 5 point plan as a framework.

CPD points for Dairy Pro members

Members of Dairy Pro can gain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points following completion of a final assessment.

Accessing the training materials

The bTB Biosecurity online training materials can be accessed using a computer, tablet or suitable mobile device. The training materials are hosted on the LBL Moodle site, and can be found by clicking here.

You will need to register to login to the site. Once you have logged in you can access the training materials and work through the different sections at your own pace. If you need any assistance to access LBL online please email lbl@lblonline.co.uk

XL Vets – TB biosecurity workshops

XL Vets are currently delivering free TB biosecurity workshops across England. These events combine short presentations, group discussions and a practical farm walk to give farmers information on simple biosecurity measures that they can implement to help protect their herd against bTB.

For further information and to register for an event near you please click here

TB Farm Advice Workshops for vets

Improve International are currently running a series of one day workshops for Official Veterinarians (OV) on the latest advice on how their farm clients protect their herds from bTB. The content of the workshops is relevant to farms which are not under TB restrictions as well as those that have been living with TB for some time.

The workshops have been funded by Defra and are intended for TB OVs who work in England. To find a workshop near you please click here.

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Biosecurity and TB control webinar for vets

This webinar explores how cattle vets can facilitate changes in attitude towards biosecurity and work with farmers to control bTB.

Click here to view the webinar