New TB cattle measures introduced this week

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Additional measures designed to protect England from bovine TB are being introduced in April as part of the government’s comprehensive 25-year strategy to tackle the disease.

From April 6 2016, new legislation will require farmers in the Low Risk Area of England to arrange for post-movement testing of cattle coming from the rest of England and from Wales.

Three additional measures will also be introduced at the same time, following consultation last year:

  • All herds in the High Risk Area of England affected by a new TB breakdown will need to pass two strict tests before movement restrictions are lifted, with the aims of increasing the chances of finding all infected animals in those herds, reducing recurrent breakdowns, and protecting other herds.
  • Free pre-sale TB tests will be available to many herd owners in the Low Risk Area selling 20 or more cattle in a single purchase. This will enable sellers to provide additional assurance for buyers and mitigate the low risk of undetected TB spreading to new herds.
  • The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) will start offering the option of private Interferon Gamma blood tests to diagnose TB under certain conditions and subject to prior approval from APHA.

Further information about the new measures and how they will affect farmers can be found in the Guidance section of the TB Hub website.

  • Posted by: Simon TemplePosted on: 17/03/2016 20:53:36

    Comment: I farm in the LRA and show my cattle. If I take them to Stafford Show [HRA] I will need to post movement test them between 60 and 120 days after their return. Am I able to take them to the 3 Counties show [HRA] or Cheshire Show [HRA] without having the post movement test done, as both those shows are within 60 days of Stafford Show? The Q & A on the Information HUB would suggest not and that I would in fact be committing an offence against the Animals Act. Can this really be right?
  • Posted by: Richard PlaylePosted on: 30/03/2016 02:12:30

    Comment: POST MOVEMENT ? one must be joking ? DONT MOVE TILL TESTED !!!! Why should I have to take a risk of having cattle on to my farm without being tested if they come from a at risk area Like lets shut the stable door after the horse has bolted !!!!

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