Tag Archives: biosecurity

Stowaways in potted plants

Potted plants can seem so benign. Beautiful, fascinating, good to grow and give, but they may carry invasive species which are not benign. Tom Bawden at The Independent tells us about invasive species reaching Europe, including the New Guinea flatworm … Continue reading

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Getting rid of bovine tuberculosis?

A farmer in my family told me, ‘People want clean meat.’ Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. Our UK Government wants rid of bTB, because then the European Union … Continue reading

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What the British government is doing about bovine tuberculosis

Did you think I’d stopped thinking about bovine tuberculosis (bTB)? I haven’t and nor has our Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Here are two announcements from DEFRA today. First announcement: There’s to be ‘zero tolerance’ of missed … Continue reading

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The badger cull – what we know and what we don’t know

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. You could follow my ‘tuberculosis’ tag. Other animals can get bTB too. In Britain, some people think the native badger (Meles meles) is … Continue reading

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New rules about tuberculosis in cattle

Here in Britain we want rid of bovine tuberculosis (bTB). Here’s a list of notifiable diseases affecting livestock in Britain. On our way to that goal, we want to reduce bTB’s spread. Therefore we have new rules about testing cattle … Continue reading

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Sign Brian May’s petition for badgers

My fellow bloggers at Animal Connection invite us to sign this e-petition. In my opinion the badger cull is a waste of resources. Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a serious problem but the science doesn’t point to killing badgers. I think … Continue reading

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What to do about tuberculosis in cattle

Tuberculosis (bTB) in cattle (Bos primigenius) gets blamed on badgers but I don’t agree. Even our Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Owen Paterson blames badgers for bTB but I think he’s wrong. … Continue reading

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