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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.
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
RESTRICT contact between badgers and cattle
MANAGE cattle feed and water
STOP infected cattle entering the herd
REDUCE the risk of infection from neighbouring herds
MINIMISE infection from cattle manure
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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