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Practical guidance for producers on testing cattle for bovine TB. Including testing areas, penalties for overdue testing and an overview of the tests available.
TB testing and other Official Veterinarian (OV) work in England and Wales is undertaken by Delivery Partners, who are responsible for allocating local vets and ensuring testing is carried out to a high standard.
Information about good handling and testing facilities.
Guidance for livestock keepers on TB testing intervals and TB risk areas in England, Scotland and Wales.
Cattle keepers in England can, via a private veterinarian and with prior APHA approval, submit blood samples for TB testing to an APHA laboratory at their own expense
Description of type of test, when and why used in England.
Guidance on pre-movement testing.
Q&A on the introduction of compulsory post-movement testing in the Low Risk Area (LRA).
A new voluntary TB test was introduced in 2016 for cattle keepers in England with herds on four yearly surveillance testing who are planning to sell all or part of their herd.
Information about penalties for those who are late in completing their TB testing.
Information about the tuberculin skin test, gamma interferon blood test and antibody blood tests