Bovine TB Advisory Service launched in 2017

The national TB Advisory Service for farmers was launched in October 2017 and is being delivered by Origin Group.

Cattle farmers in High Risk and Edge Areas of England can register for the service by telephone and email. Over the next three years, eligible farmers can receive an advisory visit to their farm with the service’s trained bovine TB advisors, provided by ADAS, Kingshay and Westpoint Farm Vets, all at no cost to the farmer.

For farmers with specific questions about bovine TB, a telephone advice service is also available.

The TB Advisory Service aims to help maximise farm biosecurity and minimise risks associated with cattle movements, according to technical director, vet Phil Elkins. “There are many practical ways to reduce risks or impact of bovine TB,” he says.

“On a TB-free unit, advice will focus on helping keep it that way. For farms under TB-restrictions, guidance will include trading options and steps to prevent repeated re-infection. On every farm, the advice will be specific to that business and its unique local environment.”

Funding from Defra through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is geared to enabling advisory visits to 2,400 farms over the three year project.

Farmers in High Risk and Edge Areas of England can register by e-mail, info@tbas.org.uk, or telephone, 01306 779410. More information is available at www.tbas.org.uk.

Find out how farms have already benefited from the TB Advisory Service by reading the article on their website.