More tailored and hands-on management approach by AHVLA to be standard business
Herds suffering long-term TB breakdowns will in future be considered for a more tailored and hands-on management approach by AHVLA, in partnership with farmers' private vets, as a standard business as usual activity in England and Wales.
This follows feedback from stakeholders and recognition that a more proactive approach was necessary.
From 3 February 2014, herd breakdowns lasting more than 18 months are subject to enhanced case management procedures aimed at helping herd owners to regain their Officially TB Free status as quickly as possible and reducing the risk of future breakdowns. Measures may include additional investigative work to identify factors contributing to persistence of infection followed by targeted interventions to address the issues identified.
This approach seeks to:
Herds subject to enhanced case management may be selected based on:
Trained AHVLA veterinary officers will be assigned to each case and will consider the following issues and additional measures in determining an appropriate enhanced management approach:
Epidemiological support work will inform individual case decisions, as well as national strategy.
Official Veterinarians will be consulted for local knowledge and herd health issues that may be of significance. They will also be invited to attend an on-farm meeting, for which they will be paid.
The success of these enhanced actions will be measured by pairing herds for epidemiological comparison, farmer questionnaires, quantitative measures (especially determining cost savings), and internal case review.