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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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Is the existing bovine TB eradication policy really working?

One of my favourite sources of information about bovine tuberculosis (bTB, caused by Mycobacterium bovis) is bovinetb.co.uk. Its unnamed author is ‘looking for the reform of a costly and misguided system.’ When I talk to farmers, I often hear support … Continue reading

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The cost of slaughtering cows infected with bovine tuberculosis

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. You might choose to follow the ‘tuberculosis’ tag on my blog. Last month, here in Britain our Department for Agriculture Food and Rural … Continue reading

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Licensed to kill? Not a single badger has been shot two months into cull

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease which develops slowly, spreading from the lungs to other organs. In cattle (Bos primigenius) it’s called bovine tuberculosis (bTB), caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. Joanne Pugh at the Farmers Guardian explains how bTB works. … Continue reading

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Bovine TB: Tough new rules to halt the spread of disease

Here in Britain some cattle (Bos primigenius) get bovine tuberculosis (bTB) and we want rid. Wild badgers (Meles meles) can get bTB. Some people think badgers spread the infection (Mycobacterium bovis) to cattle. Others think that we shouldn’t obsess about … Continue reading

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Bees under threat from bumblebee imports

Here in Britain, some market gardeners and amateur gardeners import bumblebees to pollinate crops. Some of them are bringing in bee diseases. Scientists funded by the Natural Environment Research Council say that this may be killing our wild buff-tailed bumblebees … Continue reading

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