LAA – New Bovine TB control measures from November 2017

From November 2017 enhanced TB control measures will be introduced to reduce the risk posed by inconclusive skin test reactors. This follows on from a consultation held in 2016.

All inconclusive reactors (IRs) in the High Risk Area (HRA) and Edge Area (and in TB breakdown herds in the Low Risk Area) that have a negative result on re-testing will remain restricted for the rest of their life to the holding in which they were found. The only permitted off movements for such animals will be to slaughter (either directly or via an Approved Finishing Unit).

To release resolved IRs from life-long restrictions, the option of interferon gamma blood testing (paid for by the animal owner) will be available to cattle keepers, subject to securing prior approval from APHA. If a resolved IR tests negative to the gamma test, the movement restrictions on the animal will be lifted and it could move freely (unless whole herd movement restrictions apply).

Full details on the change can be found on the TB Hub website at:

http://www.tbhub.co.uk/tb-policy/england/reducing-the-risk-posed-by-inconclusive-skin-test-reactors/

The “new rules” state:

The new measure

All IRs in the High Risk Area (HRA) and Edge Area (and in TB breakdown herds in the LRA) that have a negative result on re-testing will remain restricted for the rest of their life to the holding in which they were found. The only permitted off movements for such animals will be to a slaughterhouse or Approved Finishing Unit (AFU). The cattle can move directly or via an Approved Slaughter Gathering or TB Dedicated Sale (Orange Market).


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