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Steps to sustainable livestock

Here are thoughtful, readable words about sustainable livestock. These words were published a few days ago in the well-respected journal Nature. There, scientists including Prof Sir John Beddington (formerly our UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor) tell us how, ‘With improved … Continue reading

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McDonald’s will shift (very slowly) to sustainable beef

Originally posted on Grist:
We aren’t suggesting that you try this, but should you venture into a McDonald’s a few years from now and order a hamburger, some of the beef you end up eating may have come from a…

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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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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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Licence for more badger culling

Natural England has today confirmed that criteria have been met to allow control of badgers to continue under licence in west Somerset for the purpose of preventing the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).

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