Subject: Prize bull , TB and DEFRAMary,
Even as a layman I can see that a prize bull, kept alone, is hardly likely to pose a threat of TB in the short term. The test could so easily be re- run and if found positive, the animal treated successfully . The cost of antibiotics would surely be rather less than the value of this bull?. Using the bull as a source of semen for AI (easily achieved in the field) would also keep the bull isolated and the bull would be rather unlikely to transmit the organism via semen. As always, a complete lack of imagination and enterprise from DEFRA .
We plough on.
Dr Colin G Fink
Clinical Virologist & Hon. Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences University of Warwick