Colombians Making Progress With TB, Brucellosis

COLOMBIA – A subsidized cattle screening programme in the central department of Huila has confirmed that bovine tuberculosis (bTB) and Brucellosis are being controlled.
calendar icon 23 September 2014
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Over 2,000 cattle are now TB-free, tuberculin test results show. The last six months have seen many farms achieve Brucellosis status upgrades following serological tests.

Disease free certification tallies at 292 farms for TB and 173 for Brucellosis, according to the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA).

“Certification of Brucellosis free farms requires animals to be sampled twice, with an interval of four to six months,” said regional ICA manager Tito Suarez Alberto Caicedo.

“After obtaining the results, if both are negative, then certification follows for one year.”

Each disease free-status qualifies farmers for a 10 pesos bonus per litre of milk.

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