FARMERS in Wales have until next week to apply for a grant to support them to vaccinate badgers on their land against bovine TB.
The Badger Vaccination Grant, which closes on March 31 for this year’s round of funding, provides farmers, landowners and others who wish to vaccinate badgers against TB with the opportunity to benefit from financial support covering up to half their costs.
“We have adopted a long term approach to tackling bovine TB in Wales. This involves a comprehensive range of measures working in partnership with the industry and includes annual testing, cattle movement restrictions, free biosecurity advice to farmers and badger vaccination,” Welsh Government Food and Farming Deputy Minister, Rebecca Evans, said.
“There has been decline in the number of new herd incidents and total number of animals slaughtered for TB control in Wales since 2009, which clearly demonstrates our eradication programme is working.
“The good work being done to vaccinate badgers in the Intensive Action Area where we have successfully administrated over 4,000 doses of the vaccination over three years has been well documented.
“This grant allows groups or individuals to vaccinate badgers in other parts of Wales and as a result of last year’s badger vaccination grant, there are six privately run vaccination projects that have benefitted from the funding.
“There is less than one week left to apply for this round of funding so I encourage any landowners who want to vaccinate badgers on their land to get their applications in before this application window closes.”
Successful applicants can receive up to 50% of the eligible costs of badger vaccination, with a total of £1.25m available over the next five years.