On the 2nd November a meeting was held at the practice to educate farmers and vets about bovine Tuberculosis. Alan Shuttleworth MRCVS, the former APHA regional TB lead gave a very informative talk, which included the history of bovine TB in this country, the accuracy of the comparative skin test and other frequently asked questions. Everyone was in total agreement that their previous perception of the intradermal skin test being “archaic” and cattle being wrongly classed as reactors, has now been changed.
The take home message for the evening was that the test actually has a 99.9% specificity, meaning that only 1 cow in 1000 would be falsely classed as a reactor and that even if cattle present with “Non Visible Lesions” they have still been exposed to the disease, thus are still reactors. Food for thought for everyone in the farming industry.
Rhian Rochford MRCVS then went on to talk about the future of TB at Friars Moor Livestock Health, explaining that three of the TB testers will soon be Accredited TB Farm Advisors and there will be a bovine TB Risk Level Certification Scheme launching at the end of this month, so watch this space for more information.