Experiencing your first TB Breakdown

Jimmy Pritt, Dairy Farmer, TB Free England Website Crop

Jimmy, dairy farmer, Leicestershire

Jimmy is a contract dairy farmer running one unit of 370 spring calving cows and another 600-cow unit nearby.

On his annual test one cow was an IR (inconclusive reactor). An IR is when a cow tests neither positive or negative for bovine TB and must be tested again after 60 days.

When the cow was tested again it was an IR for a second time, meaning the cow is classed as a reactor and had to be compulsory slaughtered.

This was the first time Jimmy had experienced a TB breakdown and losing a cow on his farm. He describes the traumatic effect this has had on himself and his team.

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