Preventing TB breakdowns

There are many simple, practical steps that farmers can take to increase their herd’s resilience to bovine TB. In this section, find out more about bovine tuberculosis prevention, the TB bacterium, contingency planning for a TB breakdown, and practical biosecurity measures. 

White cow - Bovine TB

Learn more about bovine TB

Bovine TB is a chronic, mainly respiratory disease of cattle caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis.

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Practical guidance on biosecurity

Find out about practical steps you can take to reduce the risk of TB entering your cattle herd.

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Bovine TB Risk Map for Great Britain

An interactive map displaying the different bovine TB risk areas in GB, including surveillance TB testing intervals.

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Cows being loaded to a trailer - Bovine TB

The rules around trading cattle

Find out about statutory pre- and post-movement TB testing of cattle, the rules around attending shows, and more.

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Blood Sampling - Bovine TB

Bovine TB research and development

Learn about past and current bovine TB research and development projects funded by Defra.

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Holstein cattle grazing - Bovine TB

Protect your herd from TB

Follow the five point biosecurity plan developed by industry and government, to protect your herd from TB.

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ibTB interactive online map - Bovine TB

Information bTB (ibTB) interactive map

A free-to-access, online, interactive mapping tool displaying TB risk information for cattle herds in England and Wales.

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Male vet on a farm - Bovine TB

Contingency planning for bovine TB (England)

Consider how a TB breakdown would affect your business and draw up a contingency plan with your vet.

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Interactive biosecurity infographic

Click your way around our virtual farm to see how practical TB biosecurity measures can be implemented.

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TB Advisory Service in England

Free, bespoke advice on TB prevention and managing TB breakdowns for keepers of cattle and non-bovine animals in England.

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