Monday, 15 September 2014

Badger vaccination scheme under way outside bovine TB high risk areas

A scheme to vaccinate badgers against bovine tuberculosis in a bid to tackle the disease in cattle has been launched by the government.

It is hoped the vaccinations will halt the spread of TB from hotspot areas in the South West and West Midlands.

Groups will be offered funding of up to 50% of the costs for vaccinating.

The move comes as the government prepares to cull more than 1,000 badgers in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset.

Areas identified for vaccination include Cheshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and East Sussex.

The aim is to create a "buffer" zone to prevent the spread of the disease in new areas of the country where incidence is currently low.

The programme is part of the government's strategy to achieve bovine TB free status in England by 2038.

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