As many of you will be aware Derbyshire has recently fallen into the new ‘Edge’ area which means TB testing must be carried out on a 6 monthly basis for most of our farm clients.
Unfortunately we are unable to meet the increased workload demand and the practice has taken the difficult decision to cease working as a delivery partner with XL Farmcare. Therefore we will no longer be conducting TB testing on their behalf for tests allocated after 31st March 2018.
Our farm vets are still qualified to conduct pre and post movement TB testing, and routine herd testing can still be undertaken on a private basis. You are entitled to contact APHA on 03000 200301 and opt out of the government funded TB through XL Farmcare if you wish for us to carry out your TB test. We can perform TB tests for you at a cost of £30 per visit and £60 per hour (not discountable). This would not affect your TB testing interval and you are entitled to opt in or out before each test allocation.
We understand this will come as a disappointment to some clients and can assure you the decision was not undertaken lightly without much deliberation.
We continue to be 100% committed to providing the highest level of service to our farmers and without the time-consuming requirement of routine herd testing we hope to further improve the service our large animal clients receive.
If you have any queries regarding the above please contact the farm office on 01629 812035.