Adam Quinney is the NFU’s vice president. He has a 250 hectare farm at Studley in Warwickshire raising a suckler herd (salers), dairy heifers, bull beef, breeding ewes (llyen). He also has 40 hectares of arable.
.....like many farmers who tb affects, our business comes in many ways, time, money, loss of genetics - the list goes on
....The timing of the testiing can be critical, summer testing of beef cows and their calves is not easy, and clashes with silaging bulling etc. the day today hassel can very much take your eye of the ball in managing your business, sorry for the delay pc gave up the ghost!
...The policy now has learnt from ISG has moved on and has improved on the size of the area and better boundaries, a better package of measures that will deliver better results ..there have been many changes , better bio security and premovement tests compared to before the ISG trials, so we are now living in a different world
Badgers are not so much the spread of disease, but the continued re infection of cattle after summer grazing
It is totaly mad that camelids have no ID, no records no testing, they should follow the same regs as cattle, with 450 head going down with tb in sussex defra need to act now.
TB control is about a complete package, sensible animal movement controls, good testing, dealing with wildlife in areas of tb, and protecting tb free badgers from the disease in non tb areas. We know that culling works, we do not know if vac(ccinating) badgers will work, and if I was to suggest a policy that will not make matters worse and cost millions I think people would wonder what I was going on about. We are vac badgers on our farm with the Badger Trust as it is theonly option open to us, but it will be many years before we see the results A vaccine that is only 60% effective, with no control of the disease in wild life, is not worth the millions that it would cost, all farmers would be up for a vaccine that is 80%, and a poor vaccine would still not prevent cattle from becoming infected and the resulting loss of animals being culled and be shut down from any movements There is no one single way to reduce tb, it has to be a package, testing of cattle,culling of badgers in high tb areas, posible vaccination of badgers in boundary areas to tb, better handling systems to improve speed of testing, and RBCT evidence will deliver good results to protect cattle and badgers in the long run