Badgers to be vaccinated to create TB ‘buffer’

A programme to vaccinate badgers to create a buffer zone against the disease is planned

A programme to vaccinate badgers to create a buffer zone against the disease is planned

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BADGERS in Oxfordshire are to be vaccinated against Bovine TB to create a “buffer zone” against the disease.

The vaccination programme has been announced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with the aim of preventing the disease from spreading to cattle outside the South West and West Midlands. The move follows controversial culling of badger populations in parts of the South West, which failed to meet targets.

Farming Minister George Eustice said: “Bovine TB continues to be a huge threat to our beef and dairy farmers, our economy and our food security, which is why we are pursuing a comprehensive strategy to beat it.

“As part of this, I want to see vaccination groups come together, building on prior experience to deliver badger vaccination in the edge area. This could be an important part of our collective efforts, to prevent the spread of this terrible disease.”

The so-called “edge area” covers Oxfordshire, Cheshire, Leicestershire and Hampshire.

In July the Oxford Mail revealed that 63 herds affected in March.

Somerton beef farmer Jeremy Brown said: “It completely screws up your farm. It’s hopeless and I’m not prepared to do it any more.

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“This could be going on in 10 years, are we ever going to get on top of this?”

Under the programme, vaccination schemes can apply for funding towards up to half the long-term costs of vaccination, free loans of equipment, and free vaccine supply.

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12:13pm Wed 3 Sep 14

King Joke says...

Why didn't they just do this in the first place? Or better still vaccinate the cows? 5p on a pint of milk would have done the trick, and rollocks to Tesco's et al.
Why didn't they just do this in the first place? Or better still vaccinate the cows? 5p on a pint of milk would have done the trick, and rollocks to Tesco's et al. King Joke
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7:26pm Wed 3 Sep 14

rogerout says...

This same message provides headlines for every newspaper in the country-- But the reality is government are still killing Badgers and bypassing Science. These headlines are a government PR scam to distract from that ineffective inhumane badger Killing which has already started as traps are being Baited in Gloucestershire and Someset
This same message provides headlines for every newspaper in the country-- But the reality is government are still killing Badgers and bypassing Science. These headlines are a government PR scam to distract from that ineffective inhumane badger Killing which has already started as traps are being Baited in Gloucestershire and Someset rogerout
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