TB needs multifactorial response

14 Nov 2020

Tomlinson, S.

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I have the utmost respect for the opinions of my learned colleagues who have written in Vet Record in the past few months about bovine TB (bTB). I do not profess to have the scientific research background that many of them have. However, I have been a farm vet in Derbyshire for nearly 20 years and more recently have worked as part of the government-funded TB Advisory Service. I have seen bTB get progressively worse, with Derbyshire moving from four-yearly testing to six-monthly testing and the wider use of gamma-interferon blood testing.

I speak to farmers daily, discussing the devastating impact a bTB breakdown causes. Any farm vet regularly testing cattle will agree with me when I say we always feel the need to apologise when we find a reactor. We know the impact this has, not just on the farm business and herd health, but on the physical...