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    tb in new forest

    I meant to ask this a couple of weeks ago

    http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/ne...rs_for_forest/

    as I have no experience or wish any of tb , is it controlled in other similar areas this way ?

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    Re: tb in new forest

    Quote Originally Posted by tcf View Post
    I meant to ask this a couple of weeks ago

    http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/ne...rs_for_forest/

    as I have no experience or wish any of tb , is it controlled in other similar areas this way ?
    The article is messy and doesn't give much info at all other than a cow grazing the Forest, has been found to have TB.

    In what way do you think TB is controlled?
    Badgers, deer and wild boar are wildlife carriers of zTB, with badgers forming the primary wildlife reservoir of the disease in this country. Populations where the disease is known to occur, but left to spread will inevitably upspill into tested cattle. It has happened in the Forest of Dean as well.
    The spread of zTB is controlled in cattle through test and slaughter, but the disease left to roam in every other host.


    This year, verderers have been told they have to test their cattle prior to grazing on common land, and before bringing them home. That should stop the problem of course.

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    There are other areas of common land with cattle grazing. With the recent Defra consultation presently being mulled over, it is hoped by some that we can continue to graze the common land and that testing of cattle off the common is not required.
    I consider it may be very difficult to prevent someone utilising their common rights. Many of us dartmoor folk consider the cattle to be 'safer' grazing the extensive common than on inby or in sheds.

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    Re: tb in new forest

    this is what has prompted me to ask the question . we turn out but not every day, as seems to be the issue , so I wondered if its the same on other common land

    http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/1094...mpshire_farms/

    forcing a tb test daily surly cant work as which lump would be measured which day and , injecting a animal every day of its life would be considered cruelty surely

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    Re: tb in new forest

    Quote Originally Posted by tcf View Post
    this is what has prompted me to ask the question . we turn out but not every day, as seems to be the issue , so I wondered if its the same on other common land

    http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/1094...mpshire_farms/

    forcing a tb test daily surly cant work as which lump would be measured which day and , injecting a animal every day of its life would be considered cruelty surely
    Impossible.
    TB skin tests have to be 60 days apart.

    What has changed are the EU instructions on where a bovine goes after testing (clear) and operations such as linked holdings, common grazing and areas on a holding with different TB status.

    The list is on this post:

    http://bovinetb.blogspot.co.uk/2013/...sultation.html

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