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Bovine TB
New approach needed on bovine TB
  1. Keith Cutler, practitioner
  1. Synergy Farm Health, West Hill Barns, Evershot, Dorchester DT2 0LD
  1. email: keith.cutler{at}

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Are we looking for the wrong thing and approaching a complex disease situation in the wrong way?

After very many years of working to control and attempting to eradicate bovine TB (bTB) based on a ‘test-and-cull’ programme, an acknowledgement, in the form of badger culling licences, has been made that such an approach in isolation is doomed to failure. Instead, using validated serological testing and a risk-based approach, similar to that successfully employed in the management and control of Johne’s …

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