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FUW rejects TB regionalisation approach for Wales

FUW rejects TB regionalisation approach for Wales

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has rejected proposals to split Wales into five bovine TB regions in its response to a Welsh Government consultation, highlighting the need to tackle the disease in badger populations. The Welsh Government proposes splitting Wales into two high, two intermediate and one low TB level regions, with different rules applying […]

FUW calls for halt on wasteful badger vaccination scheme

FUW calls for halt on wasteful badger vaccination scheme

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has repeated its long standing call for a science led policy to control TB in wildlife after the Welsh Government suggested the abandoned badger vaccination pilot in north Pembrokeshire could restart in 2017. Ministerial advice provided to the Welsh Government in 2012 suggested vaccination in the north Pembrokeshire Intensive Action […]

Badger Cull – Farmer Admits: ‘We’ve Been Gassing Badgers Illegally’

Badger Cull – Farmer Admits: ‘We’ve Been Gassing Badgers Illegally’

A Somerset farmer has admitted that he and others have been gassing badgers illegally, according to a Sky News report. The report, airing tonight, recorded the confession while putting together a story on the badger cull. The implication is that farmers on at least 14 farms in the South West have been taking the law […]

Paterson right to back cull extensions in TB fight, says CLA

Mr Paterson said the Somerset cull had managed to eliminate three-fifths of badgers in Somerset area making a major and effective contribution to the fight against bovine TB in the county. He added that applications for a short time extension had been received by Natural England for Somerset and Gloucestershire. CLA Deputy President Henry Robinson […]

FUW calls for more transparency on TB impact in North Pembrokeshire

FUW calls for more transparency on TB impact in North Pembrokeshire

Almost four years after biosecurity visits were first instigated in the area, and more than three years after a raft of extra cattle testing and controls were introduced as part of a programme which was originally to have comprised badger culling, information about the impact of the measures has been “sparse to say the least”, […]

Badger cull farmers to remain anonymous

Farmers involved in the badger cull will not be named and shamed by the RSPCA as a result of an investigation by the Charity Commission, following a detailed complaint made by the NFU. The NFU raised a number of concerns with the Charity Commission about the RSPCA’s campaigns on the badger cull and its activities […]

CLA backs badger cull companies as pilot starts

CLA backs badger cull companies as pilot starts

CLA President Harry Cotterell said: “These pilot badger controls are a vital start to the programme to tackle and eradicate Bovine TB, a disease that is devastating to farmers, rural businesses and landowners. “Managing bTB in badgers is an essential part of the strategy seeking to eradicate this terrible disease from livestock and wildlife in […]

High Court grants injunction to protect farmers from harassment and intimidation from anti-cull activists

High Court grants injunction to protect farmers from harassment and intimidation from anti-cull activists

The injunction will prevent those opposed to the cull from carrying out a number of unlawful acts against farmers and landowners. Speaking after the judgment, NFU President Peter Kendall welcomed the decision. “Let’s be clear from the start, this has never been about preventing people from holding legitimate and legal protests. This injunction is about […]

Vet associations cautious as TB tendering plans revealed

Vet associations cautious as TB tendering plans revealed

The new model, covering England and Wales, will include: Contracts being awarded to approximately ten Delivery Partners to supply a flexible package of veterinary services, including TB testing and other government-funded services, such as brucellosis testing, on the basis of regional or national lots; The procurement of a single supplier responsible for providing a comprehensive […]

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