Know How / Bovine TB

Bovine TB is a devastating disease affecting cattle across the UK. Get information on current TB restriction rules, risk areas, the badger cull and vaccination developments. See advice on steps to prevent TB, including badger proofing your farm and what to do if your herd fails a TB test.

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Business Clinic: Can we get paid for our condemned cow?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Russell Reeves, partner, Thrings, advises on compensation for condemned stock. Q We sold…

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Expert advice: What happens if my herd fails a TB test?

TB is a growing threat for cattle farmers, with many farms encountering breakdowns for the first time as the disease spreads further north. But what does it mean if your…

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Photos: How to badger-proof your farm

Dairy and beef farmers in regions where bovine TB is prevalent in wildlife are adopting additional measures to protect their cattle from infection, by badger-proofing livestock buildings and yards. Cattle…

How to exit dairying when under TB restriction

Dairy farmers are facing some difficult decisions on the future of their businesses, but for those under TB restriction the situation becomes extremely challenging. We consider how farmers can exit…

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Case studies

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Video: Farmers living on the frontline of bovine TB

For farmers living in a high-risk area, bovine TB has a huge financial and emotional impact. We visit two farms in south-west Wales which have endured long-term breakdowns. Stephen and…

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How a beef enterprise has adapted to overcome TB

Recurring bovine TB breakdowns challenged the profitability of the Sockett family’s suckler beef business, so they switched to rearing dairy bull calves in a housed system to reduce infection risk…

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How a Devon farmer is using homeopathy to fight bovine TB

Like many farmers in mid Devon, Julian Ayre is under the constant threat of bovine TB. But he is taking a novel approach to tackling it: A homeopathic remedy. “We…

Photos: 5 steps to tackling badgers and TB on farm

Cheshire dairy farmer Ian McGrath has spent nine years under TB restriction and has lost 130 cows to the disease – a figure he knows will continue to increase. TB…

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Current UK TB rules - and what's coming next

Defra and its devolved counterparts announced a series of tougher bovine TB rules in the past months in a bid to control the disease, which continues to see tens of…

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Farm minister explains purpose of bovine TB review

The government has announced a review of its 25-year strategy to tackle bovine TB in England, which includes culling badgers to curb the disease. Farm minister George Eustice said tackling…

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Analysis: Is the badger cull in England working?

 In 2015, former Defra secretary Liz Truss claimed the badger culls were “working” and the chief vet had made it clear that Defra’s TB strategy was “delivering disease control benefits”.…

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Badger and cattle TB vaccination: The situation now

With controversy continuing to rage about badger culling, and questions still raised about the government’s “test and slaughter” policy for cattle, Defra is pumping millions of pounds a year into…

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News

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One-day conference to help farmers reduce the impact of TB

Tickets are now on sale for the TB Advisory Service’s inaugural conference at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, on Wednesday 26 June. During the one-day event, which is aimed at farmers…

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Welsh TB cattle slaughterings rise 12% amid tighter controls

Cattle slaughtered in Wales due to bovine TB controls have soared by 12% in a single year as the government resorts to high-sensitivity testing in a bid to eradicate the…

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One-day bovine TB conference to help farmers in risk areas

A one-day bovine tuberculosis (bTB) conference aimed at advising farmers from High-Risk and Edge areas of England will take place in the South West this summer. The TB Conference is…

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Badger vaccination programme needs rethink, says NBA

The government’s badger vaccination programme is failing to control the spread of bovine TB and needs a major rethink, according to the National Beef Association. The organisation’s TB committee chairman,…

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Hard-hitting TB video urges scientists to listen to farmers

A pedigree beef breeder has released a powerful video which calls on politicians and scientists to listen to farmers about the best way to tackle the bovine TB problem. Pat…

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Video: Welsh farmers have their say on bovine TB controls

Welsh farm leaders have renewed their calls for a badger cull after figures showed steep rises in the number of cattle being slaughtered due to the disease. The latest figures…

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Video: Taking steps to prevent TB

TB is probably the single most important issue affecting cattle producers in this country. So what can farmers do to reduce the risk of infection? Last year, more than 36,000…

Video: 'More frequent testing needed to wipe out TB'

New research shows that more frequent testing of cattle may be needed to defeat bovine TB in England. A study by scientists from Queen Mary University in London showed the…

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