The APHA has produced information covering what farmers can expect from TB breakdowns and testing.
With changing requirements around testing and TB restrictions, another element of stress is often added to a farmer either undergoing a TB test or facing herd restrictions.
Here, the animal health and welfare team have provided links to all of the information provided by the APHA (formally AHVLA) and we will continue to update this page as more guidance is available.
Overview and testing
Markets for restricted cattle
APHA briefing note covering radial testing: Details of the extended TB surveillance around herds with OTF status Withdrawn (OTF-W) due to a new breakdown in four-yearly testing areas for Official Veterinarians.
Bovine TB information notes
TB testing changes for cross compliance penalties and surveillance tests: Information note on TB testing changes for cross compliance TB controls: introduction of six-monthly surveillance tests and penalties for late testing on most types of TB tests.
Changes to TB cattle movement controls exemptions: Information note explaining changes to TB cattle movement controls to remove the pre-movement testing exemption for Sole Occupancy Authorities.
Ending the practice of partial de-restriction: Information note on Bovine TB: changes to TB Cattle Movement Controls ending the practice of de-restricting parts of TB-restricted holdings.
Removal of common land pre-testing exemption: From 30 June 2014, movements of cattle aged 42 days of age or older to and from common land will no longer be exempt from pre-movement testing.
Strengthening cross compliance TB controls: This information note details the changes Defra made to enhance the existing cross compliance process for overdue TB tests.
The Edge Area strategy:An information note for cattle industry representatives and cattle keepers on the TB ‘edge’ area strategy. This note provides more detail on the timing of the introduction of the new TB control measures in the edge area.
Cattle Tracing System (CTS) links and the Edge Area: An information note for cattle industry representatives and cattle keepers about Cattle Tracing System (CTS) links and the new TB ‘edge’ area strategy.
This includes details of options available to farmers who are looking to establish CTS links between holdings spanning different TB risk areas, or where CTS links are to be removed as part of the strategy. CTS links between holdings located in the ‘edge’ area are unaffected.
Measures for the TB Edge Area strategy: An information note for cattle industry representatives and cattle keepers on the new TB ‘edge’ area strategy. This includes the reasons for the strategy and details of new measures to be rolled out from October.