Badger News

badger-front-viewRegular updates and news items on all things Badger related.

  • Welsh Governments Vaccination Program Has now Been Cancelled, it started in June 2012.
  • Program projected to run for 5 years initially.
  • Results were Encouraging after 4 Years.
  • 1st Year 1424 Badgers were Vaccinated 2012
  • 2nd Year 1352 Badgers were Vaccinated 2013
  • 3rd Year 1316 badgers were vaccinated 2014
  • More Farmers in the IAA (intensive Action Area) were allowing Vaccinators onto their Farms.
  • Numbers of New BTB incidents show a 26% decrease, between 2009-2013/14.
  • Numbers of Cattle  Slaughtered shows a 48% reduction in the same period.
  • MOST IF NOT ALL OF THE DECREASE WAS DUE TO STRICTER CATTLE MOVEMENT ORDERS BOUGHT IN BY THE WELSH GOVERNMENT>.AND NOT A SINGLE BADGER CULLED.
  • The BTB is still detected by the ‘Skin Test’ a not very efficient Test, something more positive is required, ‘Anergic’ cattle some times pass this test, yet when slaughtered for another reason prove to be ‘riddled’ with BTB lesions which have gone on undetected. These could only have been detected with an ‘Anti-Body Test’.
  •  IMPORTANT   Welsh Government are running a ‘Found Dead Survey’
  • Starting  February 2015 – until date unknown.   Contact:    APHA (Animal & Plant Health Wales).
  • tel.no.  0300-303-8268.   A representative from APHA  will come and collect the Dead Badger for Autopsy to determine whether or not BTB is present.

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Newest Member Attends Meeting.

Margaret, our newest member,attended our bi-monthly meeting on the 20th August. these are her observations : I have recently joined the Badger Watch and Rescue Dyfed group and had the pleasure of attending my first meeting on August 20th. It was so encouraging to meet up with people who are …

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Hold On ! haven’t we done this before ?

Govenment wants to cull Badgers

Badgers weren’t  the cause then, and not the cause now. 1961 BTB report that makes interesting reading.   Maff man final.doc    (8 pages long) THE ERADICATION OF BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS IN GREAT BRITAIN By W. D. MACRAE, M.R.C.V.S., D.V.S.M. (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) Reprinted by permission of the Publications …

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A Bad Time to be a Badger in England Now.

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Badger Trust 30th August 2016 OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Badger Trust condemns decision to extend disastrous badger cull to 7 new areas of England. The Badger Trust has condemned a decision by the government (announced officially today, 30th August, 2016) to expand badger culling to 7 new areas of the country (covering parts of Herefordshire, …

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Badger Trust Looking for Trustees.

Badger Trust 29th July 2016 Badger Trust Trustees Dear All Further to the notice sent out on 12th July 2016 and following on from the decisions reached at the April AGM. The Trust is now starting the recruitment process for new Trustees. As previously stated, the Trust is looking to recruit …

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Loony Lady wants to Machine Gun Badgers.

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  Lady Scarsdale says she would like a machine gun to shoot badgers after ‘slaughter’ of lambs at her ancestral home A Viscountess has blamed badgers for the slaughter of 200 lambs on her family’s estate, as she called for a widespread cull of the animals. Helene, Viscountess Scarsdale, a …

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94% of Welsh Herds are BTB Free.

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Says Welsh Chief Vet at Royal Welsh Show. 22 July 2015 From the section Wales Prof Glossop said 94% of Welsh herds are free of TB Various measures against the spread of TB in cattle are starting to show results, according to the chief veterinary officer for Wales. But Prof …

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Welsh Chief Vet Speaks to BBC.

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Cattle TB still ‘single biggest problem’ – Wales chief vet 20 July 2016 Bovine TB is the “single biggest problem” facing animal health and welfare in a generation, Wales’s chief veterinary officer has said. After 11 years in the role, Prof Christianne Glossop told BBC Wales: “There hasn’t been a …

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Badger Trust Updates for July/August

Badger Trust 22nd July 2016 END OF MONTH UPDATES Your end of month update is now ready! Please find links to related articles in the regional and national press below, followed by news from our supporters. Saturday 16th July 2016  Daily Mail: Rochdale terrier left maimed after being attacked by a BADGER …

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Badger Trust More Links

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Badger Trust Updates Your end of week update is now ready! Please find links to related articles in the regional and national press below, followed by news from our supporters.   Saturday, 18th June 2016    BBC News: Oxfordshire sees rise in TB cattle slaughter cases   Saturday, 18th June 2016   …

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