About bovine TB
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Scotland has been Officially Tuberculosis Free (OTF) Since September 2009. This unique position within the UK is recognition of the relatively low and stable incidence of TB found in Scottish herds, and has provided Scotland with the flexibility to better target resources and adopt a risk based approach to surveillance while continuing to protect and maintain our OTF status.
In January 2012 changes were introduced to the TB testing policy in Scotland whereby ‘low risk’ herds became exempt from four yearly routine testing. Herds are now assessed annually by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to identify those that meet the exemption criteria and are therefore eligible for exemption from the routine four yearly TB test.