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Bovine TB
TB testing: the pursuit of perfection
  1. James Allcock
  1. XL Farmcare UK, Unit 3, Diamond Way, Stone Business Park, Stone, Staffordshire SY15 0SD
  1. email: james.allcock{at}

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Professor Godfray noted that tuberculin is notoriously hard to quality control. Yet focus is often that TB surveillance depends on a high degree of human interaction. Vets, TB testing more than 130,000 cattle each week, through over 2500 farm visits, need a highly consistent approach to ensure full confidence in the results.

XL Farmcare UK’s team of auditors have undertaken over 3000 audits since June 2015. Initially, all practising vets were visited on both days of the TB test. Planned visits were an …

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