Keeping farmed animals – guidance

What happens if TB is identified in your herd in Scotland and Wales

Guidance for cattle keepers in Scotland and Wales on what happens if TB is identified or suspected in their herd.

Documents

Dealing with TB in your herd: what happens if TB is identified in your herd (Scotland)

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Dealing with TB in your herd: what happens if TB is identified in your herd (Wales)

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Delio â TB yn eich buches: Beth sy'n digwydd os canfyddir TB buchol yn eich buches

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Dealing with TB in your herd: what happens if TB is identified in your herd (England)

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Detail

All cattle herds are classed as Officially TB Free (OFT) if their TB tests are up-to-date and there is no suspicion of TB infection. If TB is suspected, then cattle is put under restrictions and the OFT status is suspended (OTFS). A veterinary officer or inspector from APHA will complete a disease investigation to asess the TB breakdown, its possible origin and implement control measures to prevent the spread to other herds.

These documents explain in detail what happens if bovine TB is identified or suspected in a cattle herd. It provides information on:

  • investigation of the TB breakdown
  • dealing with milk quota
  • reactor animals
  • valuation, slaughter and compensation
  • inconclusive reactors
  • withdrawal of Officially Free TB status
  • cleansing and disinfection
  • disposal of slurry and manure
  • testing during a breakdown
  • cattle movements on and off restricted holdings

There is guidance for cattle keepers in Scotland and Wales. For cattle keepers in England, see Bovine TB: getting your cattle tested in England

A Welsh translation of the guidance for cattle keepers in Wales is also available.