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  • New: Game bird veterinary services
    posted on Tuesday 23rd August 2016

    New for the 2016 rearing seasons we are offering a range of services for game bird flocks. These include telephone advice, and site visits to the rearing pens and shoot area. We can also carry out in-house post mortems and diagnosis.

    For more details and to register your shoot/birds please speak to Max Hardy at the Melton branch on 01664 567481.

  • TB Update: more stringent rules
    posted on Tuesday 23rd August 2016

    From April 2016, more stringent rules are being introduced to help reduce the risk of TB spread into our area. They are as follows:

    1. Introduction of post-movement testing to the Low Risk Area (4 yearly testing areas). From 6 April 2016, farmers in the Low Risk Area (LRA) of England must arrange for post movement tests to be carried out on animals coming from annual (or more frequent) surveillance testing areas of England and Wales, between 60 and 120 days after the animal arrives to the LRA. Some exemptions apply. These tests will be at the cattle keeper’s own expense.

    2. Handling of bovine TB breakdowns in the High Risk Area. All herds in the High Risk Area (HRA) of England affected by a new TB breakdown will need to complete a minimum of two short interval tests using ‘severe’ interpretation before restrictions are lifted. This will happen irrespective of whether cattle with typical TB lesions or positive culture results have been identified. This will increase the chances of detecting all infected animals in those herds, helping reduce recurrent infections and protect other herds from the risk of lifting restrictions too early.

    3. Pre-sale TB check test in the Low Risk Area. Cattle keepers with herds on 4 year surveillance testing looking to sell a proportion of their herd, and subject to meeting a specific criteria, will be able to have a Defra funded pre-sale TB check carried out on the whole of the herd. This will provide assurance for prospective buyers on the disease status of the cattle and mitigate the risk of cattle with undetected infection moving to new herds.