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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
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    So, they pushed for the national herd to be slaughtered.

    Then, once it was over, they pushed for fast restocking of the herd, using cattle from the south west as the main source.

    Due to bTB being more prevalent in the south west (due to dairy farming being concentrated down here), this spread bTB across the country at a very high rate. DEFRA scientists wanted to ensure strict biosecurity rules for the restocking efforts but they were overruled by ministers based on NFU demands.

    So, the current bTB problem is pretty much entirely manufactured by the farmers themselves.
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    Not wanting to derail Matt's thread, but I've often wondered about this. Surely (and I know common sense isn't always reliable), the extensive movement of cattle between farms and markets, where the cattle from many different places mingle, could possibly by a factor in BTB transmission?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    where the cattle from many different places mingle, could possibly by a factor in BTB transmission?
    Don't be silly, it's all the badgers' fault

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    Not wanting to derail Matt's thread, but I've often wondered about this. Surely (and I know common sense isn't always reliable), the extensive movement of cattle between farms and markets, where the cattle from many different places mingle, could possibly by a factor in BTB transmission?
    It is indeed. I can't remember the timescale, but in 64 million cattle movements DEFRA investigated 24 cases of biosecurity breaches. Of which 11 were prosecuted. Such breaches are swapping cattle tags, falsifying test results, etc...

    The EU have forced the UK government to introduce some new measures, else they lose income, and since January there has been a 3% drop in bTB incidence already. Slaughtering the 170,000 badgers that the government want to will only produce a 16% drop maximum, over a decade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    Not wanting to derail Matt's thread, but I've often wondered about this. Surely (and I know common sense isn't always reliable), the extensive movement of cattle between farms and markets, where the cattle from many different places mingle, could possibly by a factor in BTB transmission?
    Hang on, will someone please think of the Bees !!!
    Only kidding - feel free to derail

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