Farmers Guardian
News
Word ‘milk’ banned for use in branding of plant-based products

Word ‘milk’ banned for use in branding of plant-based products

This Is Agriculture - Sponsored

This Is Agriculture - Sponsored

DataHub

DataHub

Auction Finder

Auction Finder

LAMMA 2020

LAMMA 2020

You are viewing your 1 free article

Register now to receive 2 free articles every 7 days or subscribe for unlimited access.

Subscribe | Register

British farmers inundate MPs with 'true cost' of bovine TB in wake of U-turn

Farmers have been urged to write to their MP in the wake of the Derbyshire badger cull U-turn, in-a-bid to communicate the true cost of bovine TB to human mental health, as well as animal welfare.

TwitterFacebook

Farm vet and member of the TB Advisory Service Sarah Tomlinson told an audience at the annual Woman in Dairy conference, Worcestershire, that in the days since the Defra announcement, MPs had received ‘hundreds’ of emails in support of the cull.

 

She said that although there had been ‘plenty’ of opposing view-points received in the past, this was the first time support on such a scale had been received since calls for the cull were introduced.

 

Mrs Tomlinson said: “Do not assume your MP understands what you are doing on-farm, how TB could or is affecting you and your business or that the cull is actually working. Write to them and tell them.

 

Destroyed

 

“In the 18 years I have worked in Derbyshire, I have seen businesses destroyed, families torn apart and whole herd genetics from generations of work wiped out, all because of decisions forcibly made because of TB.

 

“Mental health is a big issue in the farming industry. It is affecting homes and livelihoods as well as destroying businesses – this is real.”

 

Mrs Tomlinson raised concerns about how the disease status of England and Wales might affect future trade deals outside the EU.

 

 


Read More

Farmers ‘rightly angry’ about Government decision to reject Derbyshire badger cullFarmers ‘rightly angry’ about Government decision to reject Derbyshire badger cull
Labour Party reaffirms commitment to ending badger cull in the UKLabour Party reaffirms commitment to ending badger cull in the UK
NBA demands meeting with Defra Secretary over Derbyshire badger cull U-turnNBA demands meeting with Defra Secretary over Derbyshire badger cull U-turn
NFU to ‘leave no stone unturned’ in pursuit to overturn Derbyshire badger cull no-goNFU to ‘leave no stone unturned’ in pursuit to overturn Derbyshire badger cull no-go
Research claiming badger culling increases bTB spread rubbished by industryResearch claiming badger culling increases bTB spread rubbished by industry

She also highlighted the spiralling costs associated with bovine TB, which she suggested cost the taxpayer some £100 million annually.

 

Mrs Tomlinson went onto stress that it was, however, crucial for individuals at grass-roots level to continue to take steps to minimise risk on their own holdings.

 

The length of slurry storage, grazing proximity to badger sets in endemically affected areas and off-ground feed storage in feed bins or behind closed roller doors at night were highlighted, as well as careful consideration when buying-in cattle and water sources.

 

She added: "Ask for TB information when buying in cattle, and when the source last had a breakdown. Consider that the disease bacteria can live for up to 60 days in water, so in areas with an infected wildlife population, why would you not raise water troughs so badgers cannot drink out of them."

TwitterFacebook
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.

Most Recent

Facebook
Twitter
RSS
Facebook
Twitter
RSS