Protecting cattle against TB infection in high incidence areas

Advice for cattle keepers on what they can do to help reduce the risk of TB infection in their herds.


Protecting your herd against infection with TB in high incidence areas

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This guidance is for cattle keepers in areas of England and Wales where there is a high incidence of bovine TB.

This document lists some examples of good biosecurity practice for cattle keepers which can help to reduce the risk of TB and other infectious diseases from entering herds from other cattle or infected wildlife.

It includes information on:

  • improving the efficiency and effectiveness of TB testing
  • cleansing and disinfection
  • maintaining boundaries and gateways
  • livestock housing
  • herd health planning
  • bringing animals into the herd
  • the risks from bought-in stock
  • reducing the risk of infection from wildlife

A Welsh translation of the guidance is also available.

Published 1 March 2013
Last updated 28 July 2015 + show all updates
  1. Guidance reviewed and section on pre-movement and post-movement testing updated
  2. First published.