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TB controls yield economic benefits

08 Mar, 2011

Source: Animal Health Board

Successful programmes to protect cattle and deer herds from TB-infected wildlife have made the trade of cattle and deer between regions easier.

Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that infects cattle and deer and has the potential to cause human disease in some rare cases. In recent years, the Animal Health Board has focused on protecting cattle herds with a strong focus on TB-infected wildlife.

Animal Health Board Technical and Farm Services Manager Dr Stu Hutchings says, “The fact remains that TB-infected wildlife, particularly possums, are the main source of the disease in farmed cattle and deer.”

The success of the recent programmes has meant that there is less requirement for TB testing for cattle and deer farmers. This opens up the opportunity for easier trade of cattle and deer between regions that previously could not trade stock because of differing TB infection rates.

The results mean that more than 5,000 cattle and deer herds across New Zealand have had their bovine TB movement control restrictions and testing requirements reduced.

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