We have been alerted by one of the CAE testing laboratories that they have seen an increase in the incidence of CAE positive reactors on tests from BGS members. There have also been goats tested which have had an inconclusive result. Both testing laboratories have informed us that they have seen examples of herds that have had a positive test reactor which has been removed from the herd and then a new test undertaken very soon afterwards. If a herd is entered for a show under such a process, this would be a breach of BGS Regulations and something that is likely to be taken seriously.
Regulation 18 (10) (b) states that ‘If any herds have had a positive CAE result, they must provide two clear whole herd tests, completed since the reactor has been culled. The tests must not be more than twelve months apart and not less than six months apart.’
Entries will only be accepted at shows from the following two categories –
W – Entries will be restricted to goats from herds that are whole herd negative CAE tested within the twelve months prior to the show. Whole herd negative CAE tested means an entire herd in which all animals over one year old hold a current negative CAE certificate, and all kids should have a current negative CAE test certificate for their dams.
A – Herds that are registered as CAE accredited under the Premium Sheep and Goat Health Scheme (please note that only a few shows have the appropriate facilities to accommodate herds on this scheme).
The Committee meet on 29 April and this worrying development will be fully discussed and further advice will be issued.
The show season is almost upon us so it is essential that we all remain vigilant.
CAE test certificates should be on BGS forms and checked by the show organisers prior to the date of the show. If any show organiser would like assistance or advice regarding checking CAE certificates, please do not hesitate to contact the BGS Secretary. Where the herd is Accredited, the Accreditation certificate issued by the relevant organisation should be submitted to the show prior to the date of the show.
Milk must always be considered a high-risk factor. All milk must be disposed of safely as soon as possible after weighing and sampling has been completed. Under no circumstances should uncovered buckets of milk be left unguarded at a show.
Wherever possible direct contact between the animals of different herds should not be possible within the penning area.
Judges should use disinfectant hand gel or spray between the handling of exhibits.
The BGS is here to provide support and guidance to its members. If you are one of the members concerned or need advice regarding your results we would urge you, in confidence, to contact the BGS Secretary or one of the vets who will assist wherever possible.