Camelid owners undertaking voluntary routine Bovine TB surveillance (vrs) as part of a scheme promoted by the industry
Routine surveillance of the herd will be provided by annual whole herd blood testing (in large herds a statistically derived proportion will be acceptable) utilising the Enferplex antibody test (and interpretation using SureFarm;s statistical package) across the UK and Europe .
Outline of process
- Application for Voluntary Routine Surveillance or annual retest reminder date due and is notified by SureFarm to owners veterinary practice.
- Owners veterinary surgeon contacts SureFarm to notify requirement to test – click here for detail on how to apply and the rules governing the scheme
- Blood testing is performed - click here for the required testing and sampling protocols
- Samples despatched for testing using the Enferplex test
- Results are analysed using the statistical package and reported to the owners veterinary surgeon - click here for how results are analysed and reported
What is the process following outcome of testing?
All test results negative: No action other than to schedule next test
If any animals are found test positive then either: -
(a) Where herd defined as positive at confidence level agreed with DEFRA on the statistical package, then SureFarm to pass details to APHA. The clients veterinary surgeon will be informed to notify their local APHA office. This APHA office will decide on appropriate actions on the test positive animals, based on the herd’s location, biosecurity and TB testing history.
(b) If inconclusive, there should be isolation of the inconclusive animals and a re-test performed within 30 days of the original test. If boosting did not occur at the disclosing test again we would fully recommend that prior to the retest that these inconclusive animals are tuberculin boosted. If all these animals are negative on re-testing, then the herd is considered clear and the herd would revert to routine annual surveillance testing. If any positives are found on the antibody re-test, then SureFarm to pass details to APHA. The clients veterinary surgeon will be informed to notify their local APHA office. This APHA office will decide on appropriate actions on the test positive animals, based on the herd’s location, bio-security and TB testing history.