The latest agricultural knowledge transfer event held on campus focused on the tools farmers need to prevent the introduction of diseases such Bovine TB (Tuberculosis) into a herd. The ‘TB Biosecurity workshop’, held on the 13th December, was organised by Kate Bowen, Veterinary Services Manager from XLVets. It attracted over 40 delegates including farmers, vets, industry and Reaseheath agriculture students accompanied by their course manager Lisa Kennedy.

The main aim of the day was to encourage farmers to implement ‘biosecurity’ measures to help prevent the spread of bovine TB drawing on an across-industry 5-point plan. The plan, put together by Defra, the Animal and Plant Health Agency, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, the National Farmers’ Union, the British Cattle Veterinary Association and Landex covers all the key areas that farmers can address to reduce the risk of a TB outbreak on their farm.

The day workshop included short presentations, interactive sessions and a farm walk that focused on cattle housing, cattle grazing and perimeter fence station, risk based trading station, badger ecology station. Current TB policy was also covered along with a discussion on the current situation in the locality.

Lesley Innes, Reaseheath’s Knowledge Transfer Facilitator and coordinator for the event said: “The day was designed to maximise knowledge transfer and to empower farmers to feel they can start to take ‘ownership’ of this disease and be proactive in protecting their stock. It proved a great forum for discussion and I look forward to seeing how ideas will be put into practice over the coming months.”

More information on the 5-point plan is available from the TB hub website.

For more information on TB Biosecurity workshops visit the Farm Skills website and if you are interested in attending a future Biosecurity and TB awareness event, please contact Alex Turnbull