An update to a practising vet’s view of bovine TB control in Wales

P J Rodgers
24. November 2011
This paper discusses, from the view point of a veterinary surgeon practising in Wales, the control of bovine tuberculosis (bTB), updating a paper presented to BCVA in 2009 (Rodgers 2009). It draws from practical experience bTB skin testing over 33 years, participation in the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) biosecurity Intensive Treatment Area (ITA) and the WG Intensive Action Area (IAA). The author’s involvement in the IAA is described and the impact on cattle keepers discussed. A review of skin testing procedures is made, with an emphasis on test performance. Data extracted from TB Master (Lilac Technology) is used to analyse previous bTB skin test results for a group of bTB reactors.

Keywords: Biosecurity, bovine TB, Biosecurity ITA, Wales, TB skin test, SICCT, badger cull, Intensive Action Area, North Pembrokeshire, TB Master

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