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As we approach the sixth year of badger culling in Somerset and Gloucestershire, and with more than 40 per cent of the high risk area signed up to manage infected populations, pressure groups are still pushing for a wider roll-out of badger vaccination.
Highly advance and accurate technology is being trialled as part of an SRUC project, after livestock scientists were awarded £337,000 of funding to undertake the work from the Biological Sciences Research Council.
A decision by the National Trust (NT) not to allow badger culling on its land could be undermining the Government’s 25 year bovine TB strategy and the work being done by farmers and wider industry to control the disease.
Farming Minister George Eustice said the move would reduce the testing burden on these lower-risk farms – applied to farmers in parts of the bTB Edge Area – and incentivise others ‘to take steps to reduce their TB risks’.