Controls and vaccination key to ending bovine TB
REGARDING the Gloucestershire farmer Ben Carter who recently lost his best cow to TB.
In my opinion, the reality is that cattle bTB was let rip by lax cattle controls (including allowing cattle from bTB hotspot areas to restock clean areas after the last Foot and Mouth outbreak). Tighter cattle controls (some delayed quite irresponsibly until January 2013) are already working effectively to reduce the incidence of cattle bTB.
The way to kill off cattle bTB as a disease problem is to introduce the cattle bTB vaccine – at long last the Government seems to be making some progress on that. Badgers are the NFU's scapegoats for what is a cattle management problem.
Killing badgers will not reduce cattle bTB – the answer is effective cattle controls and vaccination.
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