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TB Dos and Don'ts

BEEF offers simple TB dos & don'ts to help your herd stay TB-free.   Read this article for more TB management information.

TB Don't:

  1. Commingle breeding and replacement cattle with high-risk cattle.
  2. Buy replacements or breeding cattle without a negative TB test certificate.
  3. Wear the same clothes, including footwear — after visiting a sale barn, show or exhibition — around your own herd until you have cleaned and disinfected them.

TB Do:

  1. Test replacement animals.
  2. Isolate replacement animals for six weeks before commingling them with the breeding herd.
  3. Prevent direct contact between your herd and those of other producers.
  4. Isolate diseased cattle.
  5. Use sterile syringes and needles.
  6. Disinfect tattoo, dehorning, castration, ear tagging, etc., equipment. Properly dispose of diseased dead animals by burning or burying the carcasses.
  7. Ask your veterinarian to submit laboratory tests on diseased animals, alive and dead.
  8. Use milk replacer or pasteurized milk, not raw milk.
  9. Thoroughly clean any vehicles, trailers, etc., that have been to the sale barn, show or exhibition.
  10. Restrict on-farm visitors from contact with your herd. This includes milk haulers, feed-delivery personnel, or others who have contact with other herds.
  11. Ensure fences are in good condition to separate your herd from wildlife.
  12. Buy animals from accredited TB-free herds; test new animals prior to purchase.