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NFU sceptical about badger vaccinations

The National Farmers Union say they would like to be in a position to be able to use vaccination as a way to stop the spread of Bovine TB in cattle - but it's too difficult to do and it's too expensive.

The NFU have been reacting to the news that Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust is seeking to raise thirty thousand pounds to vaccinate badgers on its nature reserves.

Trust: Bovine TB in badgers will be gone in 5 years

The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust are confident that there will be no bovine TB in badgers after their five year vaccination programme.

The vaccination only works in badgers that do not have the disease already.

But Neil Pilcher, the Senior Conservation Officer at the Trust, says those badgers in the area that are already infected with the virus will die off within the project timescale.


Badgers used to traps before capture and vaccination

A badger about to be vaccinated Credit: ITV News Central

Volunteers and staff of Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust have been ensuring badgers are used to the traps before they can be vaccinated.

The vaccine is prepared Credit: ITV News Central

The trust then sets down traps on two consecutive nights to capture the badgers, so they can be given the vaccine. They are then marked to help surveys detect which badgers are vaccinated.

Badgers vaccinated to stop spread of bovine TB

Badgers are being vaccinated against bovine TB, as part of a project by Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.

A badger is trapped in a cage in order to be vaccinated Credit: ITV News Central

The Trust want to vaccinate badgers against the disease to stop it spreading to cattle, and oppose the planned culling that is due to take place in the West Country next week.

Read more on the imminent badger culling from ITV West Country

Wildlife trust: Badger cull is 'not the answer'

The Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust, who are planning to vaccinate badgers on their nature reserves instead of culling them to prevent the risk of Bovine TB, believe a cull is not the answer.

"We are very conscious of the hardship that bovine TB causes in the farming community and the need to find the right mechanisms to control the disease... However, we believe that a badger cull is not the answer."

– Trust Director Simon Bentley

Wildlife trust's plea for £30k to vaccinate badgers

Pilot badger culls are due to get underway in Gloucestershire and Somerset Credit: PA

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is trying to raise £30,000 to vaccinate badgers against bovine TB on its key nature reserves.

The Trust is opposed to the Government plans of badger culling and say it won't happen on their land.

The Trust says it owns three pedigree cattle herds, which it uses to provide conservation grazing, vital to manage wetland, grassland and heathland nature reserves in the counties.

It's asking for help to raise the money to vaccinate the badgers on its nature reserves.

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