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Cuts to red tape in British agriculture

Here’s a press release about ‘cuts to red tape’ in British agriculture. This arose, no doubt, from the Red Tape Challenge. Apparently these cuts will help to monitor and control livestock diseases while also saving money. Moving sheep (Ovis aries) … 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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Vaccinating against tuberculosis (part 1)

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. It develops slowly but it ends up very nasty. You might choose to follow the ‘tuberculosis’ tag on my blog. Here in Britain … Continue reading

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How people get bovine tuberculosis. Or don’t get it.

Here in Britain some cattle (Bos primigenius) get bovine tuberculosis (bTB). It’s caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium bovis. Other animals including the wild badger (Meles meles) can get bTB. Some people think badgers are a reservoir of the disease … Continue reading

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Tuberculosis in cattle and people

Here in Britain some cattle (Bos primigenius) get bovine tuberculosis (bTB). Symptoms are mild until after the bacterium (Mycobacterium bovis) spreads through the animal’s body. But even in its early stages bTB is a serious problem for the farmer. Bovine … Continue reading

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Badger cull is happening

Here in Britain, people with guns are out at night shooting badgers (Meles meles) as planned. So says Owen Paterson, our Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs. On Monday this week, Mr Paterson announced that the cull … Continue reading

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