On-farm TB prevention

October 12, 2008 07:00 PM

To prevent bovine tuberculosis at your dairy, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture:

  • Maintain a closed herd.
  • Obtain TB-free herd accreditation.
  • Isolate and test cattle that are entering the herd.
  • Prevent contact between breeding cattle and Mexican feeder cattle, including in the sick pen.
  • Prevent contact with cattle of unknown TB status.
  • Arrange professional diagnostic workups of suspicious, sick or dead animals.
  • Establish a TB screening policy for employees.
  • Enhance disease tracing by recording individual animal identification and maintaining accurate records.

Learn more about bovine TB at http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/AHFSS/Animal_Health/TB_Info.html.

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