5 Point Plan for Biosecurity
Restrict contact between badgers and cattle. Introduce barriers to prevent badger access; and limit cattle access to badger latrines and setts.
Manage cattle feed and water. Restrict badger access to feed stores, mineral licks and troughs; do not put feed on the ground at pasture and clean up spillages; use clean water; and only feed waste milk to calves if treated.
Stop infected cattle entering the herd. Ask for the TB history before purchase; consider post-movement testing; and isolate cattle before they enter the herd.
Reduce risk from neighbouring herds. Check local outbreaks on www.ibtb.co.uk; and avoid shared grazing, over the fence contact and sharing equipment.
Minimise infection from cattle manure. Store manure for a long period before spreading; do not graze for 2 months post spreading; do not use manure from another farm; and minimise aerosol and roadway contamination.
Download a poster to put up to remind you and your staff.
We are able to offer a Biosecurity Risk Assessment to our clients. If you want to check you are getting it right, unsure of your biosecurity, or even having problems we can help. We will come out to the farm, do a full site visit and look into areas of husbandry and management to produce a full report with pictures on how you are doing well and areas to improve. Please ring us to arrange your assessment on 01684 292177.