Bovine tuberculosis research seeks ‘joined-up’ solutions  

New approaches to tackling bovine tuberculosis (bTB) are being explored in a Duchy College Rural Business School project.

It explores more effective biocontainment measures, along with the development of hardware and software tools to improve the services offered by vets to identify, measure, understand and control infections.

Focusing on larger, mainly-housed herds, a particular aim is to understand more about the role slurry plays in animal-to-animal transmission, particularly to calves.

Involving collaboration with farmers and vets, the work could yield a new approach to testing for – and controlling – the costly and vexed disease in a ‘joined-up’ way.

For further information, please email Rachel Abrahall on rachel.abrahall@duchy.ac.uk or call 07877035795.