Guidance

Testing for TB in your herd in Scotland and Wales

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.

Documents

Testing for TB in your herd: what this means to you (Scotland)

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Testing for TB in your herd: what this means to you (Wales)

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Cynnal profion TB yn eich buches – Beth mae hyn yn ei olygu i chi

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Testing for TB in your herd: what this means to you (England)

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Details

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

Published 1 January 2013
Last updated 14 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added translation
  2. Scotland document updated to clarify the testing requirements of a TB breakdown based on the various risk factors associated with that breakdown.
  3. Wales documents updated in relation to OTFW Wales policy change due to come into force from the 1st January 2016.
  4. PDF guidance document for England has been archived and link added to new guidance
  5. AHVLA documents have been re-assigned to the new Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).
  6. First published.