The TB advisory service (TBAS) has successfully received new funding to expand their service with vet-led on-farm biosecurity advice to help protect herds. From autumn, TBAS will be available to any farm in England which keeps livestock susceptible to TB, not just those in high risk and edge areas.

The TBAS service fits into wider TB control strategies including testing, culling and vaccinations.

To use the service, the first step is for you to get in touch with us or TBAS directly. We can then offer over-the-phone advice on how to stop infected livestock coming on-farm, reduce the risk from other livestock, minimise infection from manure and restrict contact between badgers and livestock by managing access to feed and water.

In addition to free phone advice, there is funding for farm visits, in which our TBAS-trained vets come out to provide tailored advice focused on TB biosecurity and how to reduce the impact reactors can have on a farm business.

There are six main risk factors that we look at when it comes to TB:

  1. Minimising TB risk from purchased cattle
  2. Minimising TB risk from contact with cattle in other herds – looking at boundaries
  3. TB risk from your own animals, including having your own farm policy for dealing with inconclusive reactors
  4. Muck and slurry management. What are the risks of shared equipment?
  5. The risk of TB to and from badgers on your land – identifying wildlife paths and identifying ways to minimise the risk to cattle
  6. Having a contingency plan for a TB breakdown – what policies are available that could reduce the impact of finding reactors?

If you’re interested in taking up a TBAS visit, even if you have done so in the previous round of funding, please contact the practice (all areas now eligible):

Whitchurch – 01948 663000
Derbyshire – 01629 691692
Lancashire – 01772 866014