The Nationwide Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland is to host a webinar this week on the subject of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) to assist and educate farmers.

The union mentioned the webinar will talk about the veterinary state of affairs for TB in Scotland and spotlight the stress and nervousness skilled by these coping with the impacts of the illness on their herds and enterprises.

It is going to be held at 7:00p.m on Thursday, March 23, and goals to warn farmers and cattle keepers in regards to the threat it poses to all herds.

“The webinar will put the science into context, explaining what it means for farmers and the way we transfer ahead to make sure Scotland’s Formally TB-Free standing is maintained,” NFU Scotland mentioned.

The assembly will likely be chaired by Hugh Fraser, NFU Scotland’s livestock chair, who will current the considerations of the membership and handle questions from the viewers.

Veterinary lead on the Animal and Plant Well being Company (APHA), Mick Park, will define the present veterinary state of affairs for TB in Scotland and what the assessments and surveillance outcomes imply for Scotland.

NFU Scotland vice-president, Alasdair McNab, will present the context of what this implies for farmers and the way Scotland strikes ahead to make sure that its TB free standing is maintained.

Registering for the occasion may be completed through the NFU Scotland web site.

NI TB testing

The Division of Agriculture, Atmosphere and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Eire not too long ago mentioned that there will likely be “a brief pause” in TB testing forward of a brand new system going dwell.

The most recent stage of DAERA’s new Northern Eire Meals Animal Info System (NIFAIS) is ready to launch on Monday, June 12 2023.

It would exchange the prevailing Animal and Public Well being Info System (APHIS), which has been in operation since 1998.

DAERA mentioned that this part brings in all remaining bovine performance and opens the system as much as exterior stakeholders equivalent to herdkeepers, markets, abattoirs and vets.

This part marks the tip of stage 1 of the undertaking for bovine performance, with stage 2 deliberate to go dwell in late 2024 to cowl different non-bovine species.

NIFAIS will ultimately totally exchange APHIS because the database utilized by DAERA and its stakeholders.