TB in Cattle: Reducing the Risk (PB4516)

Cattle to cattle spread

You should try to prevent contact between your cattle and those on neighbouring farms, and you should ensure as best you can that cattle coming on to your farm are healthy. We suggest you:

  • use sound fencing to stop nose to nose contact with other cattle
  • place barriers in gateways to stop contact with passing cattle
  • avoid common grazings; if you have to use them ask for skin tests to be synchronised
  • consider moving to a closed herd system
  • wherever possible breed your own replacements
  • isolate any bought-in cattle
  • consider a private TB test for all bought-in cattle. Your vet can advise you on how to do this
  • ask when bought-in cattle were last tested for TB. If they need testing before your routine herd test, speak to your vet about a private test
  • keep contract reared cattle away from your herd
  • keep over winter housing well ventilated and dry
  • tell your neighbours if you have a TB breakdown; that way they might tell you in turn and enable you to take precautions
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