About bovine TB
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APHA have produced an advice and guidance leaflet as an introduction to TB for owners of domestic goats. It explains what TB is, why and how they test for it and what happens if TB is detected in goats.
There are no specific statutory compensation amounts for goats, pigs and sheep. For these species compensation will be based on a valuation of the compulsorily slaughtered animals.
Arbitration arrangements are in place for cases where that valuation is disputed.
For all species, if you get approval from APHA you can choose to slaughter your animals at your own expense and keep any salvage value.
As for sheep, there is a risk of transmission to humans if unpasteurised milk or dairy products made from unpasteurised milk from TB infected goats are consumed. There is no active surveillance for TB in goats; cases are usually identified at post slaughter inspection or at post-mortem in a veterinary laboratory.
The lungs and respiratory lymph nodes are most frequently affected. Lung lesions are usually white or cream and contain white or cream semi-liquid pus.
Post-mortem images of goats (images include graphic content):
Caseous lesion of the dorsal lung of a goat (image source: APHA).
Calcified lesion of the bronchial lymph node of a goat (image source: APHA).
Calcified lesion of the caudal mediastinal lymph node of a goat (image source: APHA).