Bovine TB is probably the biggest issue currently facing the cattle farming industry and the single intradermal comparative skin test (SICCT) has been the main method of monitoring for disease since long before I was born (not to rub it in!). Without getting too political it is with small relief we are now seeing that other avenues are being explored for the control and monitoring of TB including the development and use of more accurate testing protocols that can potentially identify those cows unresponsive to the SICCT. However, for the time being this test is still our primary monitoring tool.
Answering the question of how we as your vets feel about TB testing is one that we could all talk for hours on and I hope to give you my personal answer (I'll do my best to stay within the newsletter word count!)
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