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From the 1 October post-movement testing will be required for cattle moved in to the Low TB Area.

The majority of TB in the Low TB Area is as a result of infection brought in through cattle movements. Because of this farmers in the Low TB Area will need to Post-Movement Test (PoMT) cattle which move from a herd in: 

  • an Intermediate or High TB Area in Wales
  • the Edge or High Risk Area of England.

If the movement is via a livestock market it is the location of the herd that applies, not the market. The best way to identify animals from these areas is they will have had a Pre-Movement Test. The PoMT is to be arranged and paid for by the farmer. It must be completed between 60 and 120 days after the movement. Cattle cannot be moved off the farm (other than to slaughter or an approved finishing unit) until the test has been completed.

A PoMT is not needed if the animal is tested as part of an annual surveillance test. This is as long as it takes place within the 60 to 120 days PoMT window. A PoMT will also not be needed for movements in to the Low TB Area which are to:

  • slaughter
  • a slaughter market
  • a licenced finishing unit
  • a show which is less than 24 hours in duration
  • a place for veterinary treatment.

Or if the animal is:

  • returning from an show outside the Low TB Area which is less than 24 hours in duration
  • moving from a herd which is a member of a CHeCS TB health scheme and classified as level 10.

The PoMT will help identify if cattle are infected as soon as possible after they have moved. Farmers are advised to keep the cattle separate until they have been tested to help prevent disease spreading to the rest of the herd. Farmers can also help protect their herd by asking about the TB history of the herd they are buying from. Herds which have recently had TB are more of a risk than those which have not.

Similar PoMT requirements will be introduced for the intermediate areas in October 2018.