Livestock information vital in fight against TB

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is encouraging farmers to support a scheme in which Tuberculosis (TB) information will be supplied during trading of livestock.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) publicised a report in which it emphasised the importance of information and herd history to tackle the issue of TB.

The method of supplying information through industry databases at point of sale has already been used by other countries and has proven to be very effective.

Vice president of the NFU, Adam Quinney, said: “There is wide agreement there needs to be many approaches to tackling TB, one of which is better information for farmers when they are trading livestock.

The key to unlocking this challenge is to empower farmers through better TB information at the point of sale.

The main recommendation of the risk-based trading group, which included broad representation from the livestock and dairy sectors, is the development of a comprehensive database which links both animal health and cattle movement data.”

The report recommended that animals should be presented with TB test date, the date of the last herd test, the date of the last routine test and the length of time the herd had been officially TB free.