Bovine tuberculosis: a problem for farmers, conservationists and policymakers

A Relu Policy and Practice Note (No. 19) that reviews lessons from current research and considers the importance of communication, costs and the flexibility of policies for controlling bTB.

Year of Publication2010

Bovine tuberculosis has posed increasing challenges to policymaking in the past forty years but research is providing some new angles from which to address the problem. The incidence of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) has been increasing since the 1970s and poses major challenges for the Government, veterinarians and farmers. Many farmers blame badgers for spreading the disease but this is disputed by wildlife groups. The problem has seemed intractable to policymakers.

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