November 25, 2020

I, Science

The science magazine of Imperial College

The UK government has caused controversy in the farming, science and public communities by announcing that the proposed cull of badgers in the UK will be postponed until the summer of 2013.

Badger numbers are estimated at between 250 – 300,000 and in 2011 alone 34,000 British cattle were killed due to the spread of Bovine Tuberculosis by the badger population. Ten years of trying to combat the disease has cost the UK taxpayer some £500 million, yet little progress has been made.

Not only is this disease extremely dangerous and expensive, it is causing huge problems to farmers across the country.

Annie Mackinder visited a beef and arable farm in Lincolnshire and talked to the farmer about how Bovine Tuberculosis is affecting his farm and the local farming community, and to get his thoughts on how it might be tackled.

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