More than 5,000 doses of badger bovine TB vaccine have now been administered to animals inside the West Wales Intensive Action Area (IAA) over the past four years.
“We are now half way through the fourth year of the five-year badger vaccination project in parts of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, which forms part of a wider programme of work to eradicate TB from cattle in Wales,” Rebecca Evans, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, said today (Thursday, August 27).
“Since 2010 we have also introduced a number of additional measures in the IAA because it was identified as having some of the highest rates of incidence of TB in Europe.
“We know it may take years to properly see the benefits of some of our additional measures in the area, which includes the six monthly testing and badger vaccination programme.
“The project aims to develop a degree of immunity to bovine TB within the badger population and in time should reduce the potential for the onward spread of infection to cattle and other badgers in the area.”
The vaccination work is undertaken in cycles and 2015 vaccinations are expected to continue until the end of October in over seven cycles of which four have already been completed.
Most cycles last four weeks, the first three involving liaison with the landowner and preparatory work, with the vaccination taking place in the final week.