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TB risk-based trading scheme set for launch

UK cattle buyers will be able to view the bovine TB history of animals they are about to purchase after the launch of a risk based trading scheme by DEFRA.

Under the scheme farmers will be able to see when an animals last pre-movement test was carried out and the date of the sellers last routine herd test. In the case of herds that have had a TB breakdown, the date on which it was last declared officially TB free will also be available.

This would seem like a very practical use of technology and information already available to DEFRA to transfer some of the supply chain risk management tools and skills available to help farmers.

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