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.

Applies to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

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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Details

All cattle herds are classed as officially TB free (OTF) if their TB tests are up to date and there is no suspicion of TB infection. If TB is suspected, then cattle are put under restrictions and the OTF status is suspended.

A veterinary officer or inspector from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) will complete a disease investigation to:

  • assess the TB breakdown and its possible origin
  • implement control measures to prevent the spread to other herds

The documents explain in detail what happens if bovine TB is identified or suspected in a cattle herd. There’s information on:

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

You can also read the guidance on Bovine TB testing intervals.

Published 1 April 2014
Last updated 15 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated Wales document - compensation section

  2. Wales documents updated in relation to OTFW Wales policy change due to come into force from the 1 January 2016.

  3. PDF document on guidance for cattle keepers in England has been archived and link added to new guidance.

  4. England - paragraph added about compensation for animals in AFUs and EFUs

  5. First published.