Philip Breslin - senior vet at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine - explains how to correctly clean and disinfect your farm as part of the Bovine TB Eradication Programme - TB 2030.
To eliminate the risk of TB on your farm, and prevent the recurrence of a TB breakout, cleansing and disinfection of housing and handling facilities must be carried out.
Here is a quick guide on how to do this;
1. Remove surface manure and bedding;
2. Use detergent to remove dirt from all surfaces;
3. Powerhose walls, floors, slats, gates, troughs and the feeding passageway;
4. Clean concealed areas - around the drinking bowls and undersides of bars.
The key to Disinfection
1 Remove all the organic material;
2. Use a Department of Agriculture-approved disinfectant - use it at the TB specified rate;
3. Soak all surfaces thoroughly;
4. Allow the disinfectant to dry.
All farm equipment and contaminated machinery must be cleaned and disinfected also. This kills all the TB bacterium and reduces the risk of re-infection.