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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wales leads the way on bovine TB - without a cull

The BBC reports some very good news, reporting comments by the chief veterinary officer for Wales that the various measures being deployed against the spread of TB in cattle here are starting to show results.

Although Professor Christianne Glossop says that it is too early to determine the impact of the badger vaccination programmes in Pembrokeshire, she told an audience at the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd, Powys that incidents of TB have fallen by 28%. She added a 45% cut in animals being culled had left 94% of herds TB free.

The five-year vaccination programme has one year remaining, with results not expected for another two years. and although it and other measures are expensive the trends are good.

Perhaps the UK Government should take note and follow our example instead of its ineffective and inhumane cull policy.
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