Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the biggest challenges facing the dairy industry in the UK today and has been for several decades.
A lot of time has been invested in research to help create solutions to assist in the prevention of the spread of TB by both JFC Agri and the TB Advisory Service (TBAS). JFC strive to produce innovative goods for today’s farmers. Following research, the JFC round water trough range consisting of four different sizes -180, 250, 350 and 450 Gallon, has been designed with tapered edges to help limit the access to badgers.
According to Dr Andy Robertson, Scientist at Exeter University and member of the TBAS Technical board …”Badgers will drink from water troughs if they can access them. Infected badgers may shed M. bovis (the bacteria which causes TB) in their saliva, and research has shown that the bacteria can survive in water for up to 60 days. Water troughs are therefore a potential source of infection to cattle, and measures to reduce contamination by badgers are advised.”
All cattle need to hydrate and every farmer wants to make their water as accessible as possible to their herds. Key elements when choosing and installing a water trough that can help prevent the access to badgers are:
- Ensure the water trough has a badger access preventive success as tapered sides such as the JFC Agri range of circular water troughs – making it extremely difficult to climb.
- Ensure the trough is placed in a location that is not adjacent to structures that badgers could climb to access the water. This will also allow a 360 access to the water preventing any hierarchy issues. JFC recommend there should be one water trough for every 20 cows.
- A mains water supply is recommended, and any stream, pond or river should be fenced off to cattle.
- All water troughs should be cleaned and emptied as often as possible.
To find out more about the full range of JFC Water Troughs contact your local Carrs Billington store. For more info on bovine TB visit www.tbhub.co.uk and for free advice about reducing the risk of TB in your herd contact TBAS www.tbas.org.uk.