on the following
1. NEWS - 20/7/11 DEFRA Bovine Tb Eradication Programme for
17/7/11 Better Recording of Camelid Losses to TB
to affected herd totals on home page.
2. INCREASE IN CAMELID TB in the
Reducing the Risk section. 2 members of the TB Support Group have now lost their
entire herd and several others have sadly lost the majority of their herd.
3. HOME PAGE Green Box now shows number of camelid HERDS affected to Btb
up to March 31st 2011. This was provided by DEFRA. A link to the table provided
by DEFRA is also included.
4. HOME PAGE MAP New map released from DEFRA
yesterday. Hover your mouse over map to enlarge.
Thanks as always to Dr
Gina Bromage for her constant work on the Tb situation in camelids. We cannot
thank her enough.
We have to give a huge thank you to Mike Birch who not
only set up our web site free of charge but updates it at no cost to the TB
Support Group. No money from your kind donations have gone towards this website.
Thank you to all the members of the TB Support Group who have given
their data to make this website possible. You are making a huge difference and
your data is helping others. It may not feel that way when you are going through
this traumatic experience but trust me when I say the alpaca industry owe you a
huge debt of gratitude. Only 30 Camelid herds are in touch with the Tb Support
Group so we have no data nor how many losses the other 22 herds have suffered.
Thank you to British Camelids Limited for your support and listing our
website on their website. Thanks also to NFU, and countless alpaca owners who
are doing the same. The B.A.S. Board (British Alpaca Society) despite repeated
requests from us refuse to inform its members about our website. Mike Birch who
was Chairman of the B.A.S. but sadly resigned in 2010 has asked the B.A.S board
for a reason why. This will be discussed at the next B.A.S Board meeting. The
members of the B.A.S. who sadly succumb to Tb only find out about our website
when they receive the letter of consent to test from DEFRA which gives our
website and our contact numbers for help. See Letter of consent to test on our
website. Our website is not only for those that succumb to Tb but we hope it
helps camelid owners reduce the risk of it happening to them. Thanks to DEFRA
for giving our details to those that are affected.
A huge thank you to
senior officials in VLA DEFRA and AHVLA who work closely with the Tb Support
A huge huge thank you to those who have given us donations both
in the U.K. and Europe. We still need donations to continue our work anything
from £1.00 will be appreciated. Go to the Donations section of the
Lastly, a plea to all camelid owners. Please be responsible - PM
all losses and co-operate with Animal Health when asked to do so. Do not refuse
to test - please give records to AH about all movements and sales etc. We need
to work together. You have a responsibility to not only the welfare of your own
herd and yourself but to those who you have sold to and other livestock
contiguous to your farm.
The cattle industry talk openly and freely if they
have TB in their herd - we should be the same - it is nothing to be ashamed of.
Yes we are a minority and the Tb situation in camelids compared to
cattle is minuscule and some say it isn't a problem but if it happens to you
then it is a problem. It has ruined
Camelid TB Support Group