WATCH: How can I reduce the risk of TB on my farm?


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.

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