Frequently Asked Questions – Prophylaxis

Q1. Why do you have to come on my farm to take blood samples?

A1.Testing of livestock is the first measure of prophylaxis that involves disease prevention rather than cure. Taking blood from ruminants on farm is part of the surveillance programme with the aim to ensure that your farm is free from disease. This system will ultimately avoid the spreading of potential diseases to other farms.

Q2. How many times a year do you have to visit my farm?

A2.The frequency of sampling depends on the surveillance programme in question but usually it is carried out every six months.

Q3. Do I have to slaughter an animal tested positive after blood sampling?

A3.Not always; however for some diseases this measure is necessary. Some diseases are transmitted also to humans hence it is in your best interest to avoid the transmission of disease among livestock in your farm, to other farms and potentially to yourself and your family.

Q4. Will I be compensated if I am forced to slaughter an animal?

A4. In some cases, the farmer is compensated.

Q5. How will I know the result of the test?

A5. You will receive the result of the test by post.