How to reduce the risk of bovine tuberculosis

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) guidance about reducing the risk of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) suggests a range of measures. The badger (Meles meles) certainly does get mentioned. The guide suggests ‘taking practical measures to stop [badgers] from gaining access to feed stores, silage clamps, water and feeding troughs.’

But it’s not all about badgers. There’s also great emphasis on preventing the transmission of the causative agent of bTB, Mycobacterium bovis, between cattle (Bos primigenius). The DEFRA guide I’ve linked to here recommends isolating infected livestock. It also recommends tracing the movement of animals between farms. The regulations about animal identification, movement and tracing have become stricter within the last few years.

Here’s a list of notifiable diseases affecting livestock in Britain.


About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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