Dorset farmer frustrated over TB delays

One of Dorset's leading farmers says he's increasingly frustrated with the Government's decision not to extend badger culling trials.

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Badger vaccination scheme won't cover the South West

The Government's announced a new scheme to vaccinate badgers - but it won't cover the West Country, or mean an end to the controversial culls.

Instead ministers say they'll fund vaccination schemes in central England, in an effort to stop the spread of bovine TB outside the South West. This is in addition to the culls in parts of Somerset, which are due to restart soon.

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Vaccination scheme announced to prevent spread of bovine TB

Vaccination scheme announced to prevent spread of bovine TB
Vaccination scheme announced to prevent spread of bovine TB Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

A new vaccination scheme has been announced to contain the spread on TB in cattle.

The Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (BEVS) will largely target areas surrounding South West to stop the disease spreading.

Culling will continue in high-risk areas. Environment Secretary Liz Truss has released a statement announcing the plans as part of the Government's aim to make England bovine TB free by 2038.

Bovine TB continues to be a huge threat to our beef and dairy farmers, our economy and our food security, which is why we are pursuing a comprehensive strategy to beat it. As part of this, I want to see vaccination groups come together, building on prior experience to deliver badger vaccination in the edge area. This could be an important part of our collective efforts, to prevent the spread of this terrible disease in cattle to new areas of the country.

– Farming Minister George Eustice

The map below shows the areas (in orange) that will be targeted by the Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme.

Area that will be targeted by BEVS
Area that will be targeted by BEVS Credit: DEFRA


Campaigners fight housing plans for Cornwall

Plans to build almost 50,000 new homes in Cornwall have been branded 'an invasion of the countryside' by conservationists.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England says that number is the equivalent of building 10 towns the size of Liskeard.

Cornwall Council says there are already 28,000 people on its growing housing register.

Kathy Wardle reports:

Rural campaigners blast Cornwall building schemes.

Campaigners say The Duchy is the fastest growing part of Britain for housebuilding Credit: ITV Westcountry

Plans to build more than 45,000 new homes in Cornwall by 2030 have been described by rural campaigners as an invasion of the countryside.

CPRE Cornwall says the speed of the building work, which is the size of five Truros, does not stem from local need. It says housing growth in the Duchy is faster than anywhere else in the UK.


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Badger cull protestors gather at High Court

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Badger cull protestors outside the High Court today Credit: ITV News West Country

Campaigners have gathered outside the High Court in London today for another hearing about the Government's badger cull.

The Badger Trust is seeking a ruling that there has been a failure to install an independent panel of experts to monitor this year's pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset. The culls are taking place to try to stop the spread of TB in cattle.

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