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A young lad is forced to slaughter his pet cow because of the current bovine TB policy.  read more...read more...
A 33 year old farmer and father of two in Shrophsire was killed by a bull as he tested cattle for bTB. He was conducting routine bTB testing on cows at Ashwood Farm in Whitchurch on 3 December 2013 when he was fatally injured by a bull  read more...read more...
There is such a focus on badgers that the fact that bovine TB is a cattle based problem has been set on one side. History has shown us that the incidence of TB in cattle can be brought down to a very low level by cattle based measures alone. Add to this the vaccination of badgers in hot spot areas and even their implication can be dealt with.  read more...read more...
Looking at some of the anti cull websites and having kept a close eye on media reports during the trial culls that have recently finished in Gloucestershire and Somerset, it would seem that if the culling is rolled out into other areas the level of opposition is not going to get less and could even worsen, meaning that policing costs alone (paid for from public funds) are going to be exorbitant.  read more...read more...
This article is a summary of the significant legal proceedings relating to incidents re cattle and bovine TB.  read more...read more...
In this well researched article by Mike Rendle he poses this question: 'Are badger infections following, not leading, bovine TB infections in cattle? ' and discovers some very interesting facts about cattle, badgers and bovine TB.  read more...read more...
Bovine TB - the views of a farmer based on field-based observations over many years. Peter Aspin was a herdsman, then a dairy farmer. He is now a beef farmer and also has a contract rearing dairy heifers for a local farmer. He was conventional and is now organic. He also run the Shropshire Agroforestry Project. All on 40 acres. To understand bovine TB one must first understand how significantly livestock husbandry practices have changed in recent years. I was on a dairy farm a couple of years ago - a closed herd (one that reared all its own replacement youngstock) - which had had its first bTB breakdown. Two veterinarians had arrived to do the follow-up sixty day retest. Talking to them I asked what they thought was the source of the problem. Their immediate response was that the adjacent dairy farm had purchased imported cattle the previous year, this herd had subsequently developed bTB and passed the infection either directly or via a vector to the neighbouring herd. Whether the imported cattle were themselves carriers of bTB or whether they had no immunity, I do not know and I assumed the vets did not know but the issue of cattle importation is a major concern for both farmers and vets. Ever increasing numbers of dairy cattle are being imported simply because they are cheaper if large enough numbers are purchased. I know of a herd of over two thousand dairy cows where not a single replacement animal is home-reared, every single one arrives on a lorry from mainland Europe.  read more...read more...
Dairy farm worker, Steve Jones, is not happy about the future of the dairy industry, or the current policy to cull badgers. The industry has many problems. Bovine tuberculosis is just one.'The cattle industry is long overdue for reform', he says. Here he sets out his comments.  read more...read more...
Farmers break law in bovine TB hot spot area. Mother and daughter Kathleen Wallis, 61, and Sarah Wallis, 23, of Appleton Farm, at Wick St Lawrence, near Weston-super-Mare, admitted 18 counts of providing false information as to the location of a number of their cattle when they appeared before Bristol Crown Court. The farmers admitted to failing to adhere to cattle disease control laws and were branded "ignorant, rotten and cruel" by a judge.  read more...read more...
A Tewkesbury farmer has been fined after selling milk from cattle with bTB. The cattle which had tested positive for TB but the farmer, Timothy Juckes, refused to believe the cows had the disease. He sent four cows without the disease to the slaughterhouse instead of the infected animals, Gloucester Crown Court heard on 28th June 2013. He then took compensation from Defra for the livestock, which should have been destroyed.  read more...read more...

Should the badger cull be rolled out to other areas?

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Looking at some of the anti cull websites and having kept a close eye on media reports during the trial culls that have recently finished in Gloucestershire and Somerset, it would seem that if the culling is rolled out into other areas the level of opposition is not going to get less and could even worsen, meaning that policing costs alone (paid for from public funds) are going to be exorbitant. This issue has divided communities. There is massive public opposition. The e-petition against the badger cull achieved well over 300,000 signatures - it was the biggest e petition ever. Far more experts come out publicly against the cull than do those who support it. If the media reports are all accurate the culls were a fiasco and failed to meet targets - even with extensions in both areas. Population estimates of badgers fluctuated widely and no-one seemed able to provide any proper evidence regarding population levels but many believed numbers of badgers were not as high as originally claimed. Some said this was because of illegal culling in the past and others said populations had been overestimated originally. In Glos it was eventually cut short, cancelled some time before it was due to end. The two culls were supposed to trial the humaneness of free shooting badgers. However, as the numbers were not reached towards the end of the period cage trapping was undertaken. This apparently resulted in some 400 cages being destroyed -allegedly by protesters. Traps cost around £100 each so wasting even more public money. Police were said to be guarding the cages. The total costs for all the policing is not yet known but for Gloucestershire it is known that ELEVEN forces were involved coming from forces as far afield as Sussex, South Wales, Dyfed - Powys, West Midlands, The Metropolitan Police, and Devon & Cornwall, plus the neighbouring forces of Thames Valley, West Mercia, Warwickshire and Wiltshire. Policing Gloucestershireís badger cull is likely to aound £1million, the forceís commissioner has admitted. The bill for the first six weeks has been estimated at £1million for police cover and the cull was extended by almost the same time period. - and thatís on top of a Government estimate of around £500,000 to run the cull in Gloucestershire. The Government will foot the bill for the cull and policing. The perseverance, tenacity, endurance and craftiness of those opposed to the cull meant there were many protesters in the culling areas each night.. They walked the fields and woodlands of the cull zones night after night, coming from a wide variety of backgrounds - teachers, graphic designers, care workers, the retired, students - rich and poor. Some had been involved with the mammoth task of sett surveying the entire area One anti cull site said; 'With a total of over 500 sq kmís surveyed, protecting the badgers from free shooters was a question of team work, whilst some people working tirelessly within the law traversed hundreds of miles of footpaths and reported in any sightings, Sab groups and people prepared to break minor trespass laws got closer to shooters and often moved them on with noise'. These people are not likely to give up; 'As has been proven today, if you ignore the will of the people, the people will fight back, we are organised, we have built teams of people who rely on each other, our supporters know the methods we use and are comfortable knowing that we behave honourably, we know how to disrupt culls, we are strong and we are many, and we will never leave our badgers undefended to be attacked by brutes and thugs'. So, future culling is not going to be easy. Farmers will continue to bear the brunt ... and now we know that deer and cats (both these species far more numerous than the badger), wouldn't it be more sensible to deal with bovine TB in cattle and get cattle vaccination expedited?

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