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Bovine TB (bTB) – Reducing the Risk

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The Government has recently published a review of its 25-year strategy to eliminate bovine TB from England by 2038. The report, written by Professor Sir Charles Godfray, acknowledges the ‘burden this disease places on the welfare and well-being of farmers and their families’, as well as effects on cattle welfare, our indigenous wildlife and the wider livestock industry.

Bovine TB (bTB) – Reducing the Risk

The report goes on to point out that while individual farmers play a pivotal role in the fight against the disease, stating that ‘poor take-up of on-farm biosecurity measures and the extent of trading in often high-risk cattle is, we believe, severely hampering disease control measures’.

If you farm cattle in the High Risk or Edge Areas of England (www.tbhub.co.uk) then you may be eligible for FREE bespoke advice on practical, cost-effective measures to reduce the risks associated with TB.

The service is provided by ADAS and other consultants through the TB Advisory Service, with the aim of helping farmers understand the changes they can make on their own farms to reduce the risk and impact of a TB breakdown.

The project is funded by DEFRA and the EU through the Rural Development Programme (RDPE) for England, which will run until 2020.

ADAS, through the TBAS, offers one-to-one on-farm advice visits where experienced advisors can provide bespoke recommendations to prevent TB incursions in herds that are currently clear, as well as discussing trading options and measures to prevent repeated reinfection for farms that are currently under TB restrictions.

On-Farm Advice Visit

On-farm advice visits normally take around two hours – depending on how much there is to look at and discuss on your farm and we encourage you to invite your own vet along. The advisor will ask about your farm set up, the concerns you currently have regarding TB and issues you may face in the future.

They will then have a walk around your farm buildings and fields to better understand your current situation. At the end of the visit, the advisor will discuss with you what they have seen and what they feel you can do to improve your current TB risk.

After the visit you will receive a bespoke report including recommendations of practical things that you can do to reduce the TB risk on your farm. Again, you are encouraged to share this report with your vet. You will also receive a follow up call and/or email from TBAS to provide feedback on the service and to see how you are getting on with implementing the recommendations given in the report. If you require any further advice, the consultant can call you to discuss your concerns.

The advisor is there to help and will not judge you or your farm. The recommendations given are suggestions and there is no penalty if you don’t implement them.

If you would like to take up the offer of a FREE advisory visit, please contact Christine Brewin on 01623 848 348 or email Christine.Brewin@adas.co.uk

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