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Over 1,400 Badgers Vaccinated

30 November 2012

WALES - More than 1,400 badgers have been vaccinated against tuberculosis from the intensive action area in Wales.

The Minister confirmed that the Welsh Government had now completed the first year of its badger vaccination programme which is part of a wider programme of work to eradicate bovine TB from cattle in Wales.

“We have now completed the first year of the vaccination project. The field work began in May and comprised eight main work cycles ending in October. A small number of badger setts were also vaccinated during November.

“Our vaccination programme has enabled Wales to take quick and decisive action to develop a degree of immunity to TB within the badger population in the IAA. We believe that this should reduce the risk of TB transmission from badgers to cattle and contribute to the eradication of bovine TB over time," added the Environment Minister.

Back in March the Environment Minister announced the Welsh Government's commital to bovine TB eradication from Wales with a five year five year badger vaccination programme within the Intensive Action Area. A project to cage and vaccinate badgers has never before been done on this scale.

The Minister added he will be the resutls of the vaccination programme to ensure progress is being made.

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