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Bovine Tuberculosis - Pre and post-movement testing

Pre and post-movement testing

In order to protect Scotland’s OTF status, bovine animals being brought into the country from other parts of GB must comply with enhanced pre and post-movement testing control measures introduced under The Tuberculosis (Scotland ) Order 2007 as amended.

 

Pre-movement testing

Cattle Moving From a High Incidence Area (HIA) in England and Wales to Scotland (HIA: subject to annual routine herd testing)

Cattle coming to Scotland from a HIA in England or Wales require a clear pre-movement test within 60 days prior to movement.

Exemptions to the requirement for a pre-movement test are as follows:

  • cattle being sent to Scotland directly for slaughter
  • cattle moving to shows/exhibitions and returning directly to their farm of origin
  • calves under six weeks of age at the time of the move

If the required pre-movement test has not been carried out before the animal arrives in Scotland, the test will be regarded as overdue and movement restrictions will be imposed on the receiving Scottish herd until the test has been carried out. A second (post-movement) test, will then be required for these cattle no fewer than 60 days and no more than 120 days after the first test.

Cattle Moving From a Low Incidence Area (LIA) in England and Wales to Scotland (LIA: subject to 4 yearly routine herd testing)

All cattle over six weeks of age moving to Scotland from a LIA in England and Wales, require a clear pre-movement test within 60 days prior to the move. This additional testing requirement was established under The Tuberculosis (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009 and is part of the enhanced movements controls in place to protect Scotland’s OTF status.

Exemptions to the requirement for a pre-movement test in a LIA are as follows:

  • cattle which can be shown to have spent their whole lives in LIAs
  • cattle being sent to Scotland direct for slaughter
  • cattle moving to shows/exhibitions and returning directly to their farm of origin
  • calves less than six weeks old at the time of the move

If the required pre-movement test has not been carried out before the animal arrives in Scotland, the test will be regarded as overdue and herd movement restrictions will be imposed on the receiving Scottish herd until the test has been carried out.

 

Post-movement testing

Post-movement tests are required for cattle moving to Scotland from a HIA in England or Wales no fewer than 60 days and no more than 120 days after their arrival in Scotland.

If the required post-movement test has not been carried out by 120 days of arrival in Scotland, the test will be regarded as overdue and herd movement restrictions will be imposed on the receiving Scottish herd until such time as the test has been carried out.

Exemptions to the requirement for post-movement test are as follows:

  • cattle which are slaughtered within 120 days of arrival on the Scottish holding