Cheshire East Council backs badger vaccination programme

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Cheshire East Council is to support a badger vaccination programme in the borough.

The council has announced it will be partnering with Cheshire Badger Vaccination Programme (CBVP), which will carry out the vaccinations.

The move follows a decision of the council's cabinet, in January, to endorse badger vaccination as part of any long-term approach to reducing the prevalence of bovine TB in wildlife and cattle.

Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: "We are delighted to be working with CBVP. It has already started vaccinating badgers on farmland and council-owned land and we realise that, by supporting it with council resources, CBVP can offer vaccination free of charge to more farmers across Cheshire East and therefore play an important part in controlling bovine TB in the borough."

Elaine Alexander, coordinator of CBVP, said: "CBVP looks forward to working with Cheshire East Council on the vaccination programme and supporting the farming community. Bovine TB is a devastating disease and very difficult to eradicate once it takes hold in an area.

"Bovine TB is spread in several ways, primarily between cattle, but there is a small incidence of infection from badgers. Vaccination forms one important part of a range of measures to control this disease, including increased biosecurity and minimising cattle movement."

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Marcia McGrail
Wednesday 2nd December 2020 at 8:05 pm
I think when they get it right councils should be applauded. CEC have not caved in to pressure to wholesale cull, but present the fact that it is only a small number of badgers not the larger community, to strengthen their case. Well done.
Anita Willoughby
Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 9:40 am
We can vaccinate badgers but not cattle? Is the reason because we eat and he latter afterwards?
David Smith
Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 9:51 am
Best bit of news for ages.
The culling was always a crazy idea. I mean, if they were/are the culprits what's the solution then - kill every badger in the UK so TB will be eradicated and then perhaps find out that it was mostly spread cow to cow via livestock movement to markets etc. Or perhaps from other wild animals?
Vince Chadwick
Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 11:15 am
Anita, I understand that if you vaccinate cattle it makes them test positive for bovine TB even if they don't have the disease. Such a positive test means they cannot be used for human consumption.

There is a new vaccine for cattle under development which will enable the bovine TB test to differentiate between a positive result due to the vaccine, and one due to the actual disease, so in the future vaccination of cattle for bovine TB may be the way to go.

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