If Tb is found on an alpaca farm Defra propose to deploy a combination of highly unreliable tests which are only slightly more accurate than flipping a coin.
This risks unnecessary slaughter of large numbers of alpacas which react to any one of the THREE TESTS but do not have the disease. This is far more severe testing regime than current cattle testing...
The British Alpaca Society is seeking a more proportionate testing regime to reflect the low risk represented by camelids.
The use of the ENFERplex antibody test has already been agreed between Defra and the British Alpaca Society for pre-movement tests, routine surveillance and export.
• We want Defra to pay market value compensation for these pedigree animals if they are slaughtered