Guidance for cattle keepers in Scotland and Wales on why cattle are tested for bovine TB, how the tests are done and how to prepare for the tests.
Anyone who keeps cattle is required by law to have their animals tested for bovine TB.
Cattle are tested at an interval (one or four years) depending on which county the herd is located and the disease risk for that area.
The testing programme confirms the TB disease status of a herd and is important to:
- identify which cattle are infected with bovine TB
- prevent bovine TB spreading to other cattle and animals
- prevent cattle suffering because of infection
- protect public health
There is guidance for cattle keepers in Scotland and Wales. A Welsh translation of the guidance for cattle keepers in Wales is also available.
For cattle keepers in England, see Bovine TB: getting your cattle tested in England