TB - Cattle Biosecurity
What risk does bovine tuberculosis (bovine Tb) present
to your farm?
Bovine tuberculosis (bTb) is an infectious disease of cattle and
one of the biggest challenges facing the cattle farming industry
today, particularly in the west and south west of England and South
Wales; Scotland is considered Tb-free by the EU. Bovine
tuberculosis is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium (M.)
bovis, which can also infect and cause Tb in humans (very much
less common than Mycobacterium tuberculosis), badgers,
deer, goats, pigs, camelids (llamas and alpacas), dogs and cats, as
well as many other mammals.
Biosecurity - Assessing risk on your farm
Tb biosecurity can be divided into cattle
biosecurity and wildlife biosecurity.
Rate the quality of your farm's
The questions which follow are intended to assess the quality of
your biosecurity as regards bovine Tb. We have attempted to weight
each control measure according its relative importance. (*** being the highest and
* the lowest).
The assessment is intended mainly for farms in Tb "hot spots"
but the general biosecurity principles would apply to all farms.
Every farm's biosecurity needs is different and should to be
discussed with your veterinary surgeon.
You must select one of the answer options for each question.
These will then be assessed according to the following key: