996: Bovine TB - NFU Update

The view that badger culling to control bovine TB would be too expensive and unlikely to be effective in the long term which was described in Briefing 985 is not held by many farmers. In the interests of balance this paper is taken from the current NFU fact sheet on the subject

Year of Publication2010

The NFU believes that bTB will never be eradicated if we continue to fail to address the level of TB in wildlife. Their view is that the Randomised Badger Culling Trial was flawed, in that the cull was not done properly and was not undertaken for long enough for the impact to be correctly assessed. They are not convinced that vaccinating a heavily infected badger population can be relied on as an effective eradication too but might be part of a multifaceted eradication plan. The paper contains links to further information.

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