Changes were also announced by Defra in May 2018 following its consultation on proposals to simplify surveillance testing in the High Risk Area of England and other disease control measures. These include:
- 50% compensation for animals brought into a TB breakdown herd which then fail a TB test
From 1st November 2018 compensation at 50% of the average market price for same category cattle will be paid for any animal brought into a TB breakdown herd which then fails a TB test whilst that breakdown is still ongoing. This will mirror what already happens in Wales. However, cattle keepers registered and actively participating in TB Herd Accreditation with a CHeCS-licensed Cattle Health Scheme will continue to receive 100 per cent compensation for all compulsorily slaughtered cattle, provided the herd is accredited (with a score of 1 or above) at the time of the breakdown.
- Six monthly testing
While routine surveillance testing for higher risk herds in the High Risk Area (HRA) will now take place at six-monthly intervals from 2020, some herds will remain on annual testing. These are herds in the HRA that:
(i) Have not had a TB breakdown in 6 years; and/or
(ii) Are CHeCS accredited at level 1 or above (i.e. are registered and participating in TB Herd Accreditation with a CHeCS-licensed Cattle Health Scheme and have achieved at least one year without a TB breakdown).
For more detail on these and further links, please check the ‘TB Policy in England’ pages on the TBHub website. In the meantime, if you decided to register and participate in TB Herd Accreditation with a CHeCS-licensed Cattle Health Scheme, it is important to recognise that CHeCS programme differs from statutory TB control in several ways.
For example, it is recommended that all added animals are placed in quarantine upon arrival; if any then fail the TB skin test, this should not affect the CHeCS TB Herd Accreditation – although APHA will still record an official breakdown. Added biosecurity measures apply, such as preventing nose to nose contact with cattle of a lower health status over fences or walls. Some additional pre and post-movement testing may also be required. A summary of those requirements can be found here.
Please note that derogations from increased testing frequency for cattle keepers in the English HRA who are registered and actively participating in TB Herd Accreditation with a CHeCS-licensed Cattle Health Scheme, are due to come into effect in 2020. Until then, this page contains the most current information.
To get involved in a CHeCS-licensed Cattle Health Scheme, please return to the Bovine TB Herd Accreditation page for a list of participating schemes and links to their contact details.