This is an excerpt taken from a letter sent in October 2009 to the BAS
As Alpaca owners we are very concerned at the explosive and devastating spread of BTB. We were all under the impression that alpacas were not very susceptible to TB, but we now know this to be a complete fallacy. They are in fact highly susceptible, more so than most other farmed animals.
Over the past few years, some isolated cases of BTB have been pushed under the carpet with no thought whatsoever for the future of the Alpaca industry. The situation is now out of control with cases occurring widely. This has been caused by the largely innocent cycle of showing, on-farm matings and general unrestricted movements. If something is not done immediately, we will no longer have an Alpaca industry. Our animals will be unsaleable, and will be treated with the same contempt as badgers, possible even facing complete eradication.
Due to the fact alpacas with BTB generally show few physical symptoms and the testing system (i.e skin tests) are as accurate as tossing a coin, nothing can be done until an accurate test is established for Camelids. At present the only accurate diagnosis is at post mortem, a trifle too late! …………..
It goes on to suggest that:
Serious consideration given to postponing Alpaca shows for the time being, until such time as animals can be accurately tested or vaccinated.
Breeders with affected herds should be encouraged to be more open with their BTB status and to be given help and support.
Breeders who knowingly have BTB in their herds and carry on business as usual should be excluded from the BAS.
Do you think that these suggestions would help to contain the spread of Tb in Alpacas?
3 days ago