Goats

The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) has produced an advice and guidance leaflet as an introduction to TB for owners of domestic goats. It explains what TB is, why and how they test for it and what happens if TB is detected in goats.

In England, compensation for goats which are compulsory slaughtered as TB reactors or TB-affected animals is:

  • £80 for animals one year old or younger
  • £160 for a non-breeding animal over one year old
  • £250 for a breeding female over one year old
  • £350 for a stud male over one year old

As for sheep, there is a risk of transmission of TB to humans if dairy products made from unpasteurised (raw) milk from TB-infected goats are consumed. There is no active surveillance TB testing in goats. Cases of TB in goats are usually identified at post slaughter inspection or at post-mortem examination in a veterinary laboratory. The lungs and respiratory lymph nodes are most frequently affected. Lung lesions are usually white or cream and contain white or cream semi-liquid pus.

Post-mortem images of TB in goats (images include graphic content):