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Why Vaccinate Badgers?

Badgers are considered an important source of the disease bovine tuberculosis (TB) and are known to carry and transmit the disease. Bovine TB constitutes a serious animal health problem in the UK, affecting not only cattle but other species such as alpacas and llamas.

In an effort to prevent the spread of disease between cattle, around 25,000 cattle were compulsory slaughtered in the UK in 2010. The disease is having an increasingly devastating impact on livestock farmers and their businesses and cost the tax payer £91 million in 2010/2011, in England alone.

To promote a sustainable future for farming and wildlife in the UK, it is widely accepted that we need to address the reservoir of disease in badgers. Badger vaccination can play a role in reducing the overall level of disease and related transmission risk, and also help prevent the spread of disease to new areas.

Can Badger vaccination work?

The practicalities of a vaccination programme have been demonstrated in the Badger Vaccination Deployment Project (carried out by the Food and Environment Research Agency), where in 2011, 628 badgers were vaccinated against TB.

Reducing the prevalence and severity of disease in the badger population will reduce the potential for transmission of TB from badgers. Benefits of badger vaccination will be realised over a number of years, it is not a ‘quick fix’ solution, however we believe it is a sustainable one.

Factors such as the number of badgers vaccinated and the longevity of a vaccination programme will influence the effect badger vaccination will have.

It is here that Brock Vaccination, with its highly skilled field team and its continued commitment to tackling this disease, will deliver an expert programme of badger vaccination.

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