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FURTHER to the recent correspondence in Veterinary Record regarding payment for TB testing work in England, while I fully appreciate that payments over groups of farms can be averaged, what is abundantly clear is that we have created an expanding number of farms that have become non-economic to service.
A colleague returned today after testing 216 animals in nearly eight hours on a farm 30 miles from the practice: 358 animals were listed on BCMS (British Cattle Movement Service) and it is not clear where the remainder have gone. Reconciling these losses in 72 hours will be problematic. Under the new rules, if we were to find a reactor, this herd may generate a non-compliance for our practice if the test cannot be submitted on time due to discrepancies in …