Benefits of Vaccinating Badgers:
- Results in 74% less badgers testing positive for Bovine Tb;
- Cubs born into vaccinated groups have 80% less chance of getting Bovine Tb;
- Only 30% of the badgers need to be vaccinated to start protecting unvaccinated cubs;
- Reduces progression, severity and excretion of Bovine Tb in already infected badgers;
- Vaccinating badgers does not disturb the social behaviour of badger groups. The perturbation effect where removal of badgers causes disruption and potential disease spread is avoided;
- Reduces potential disease spread to cattle on farms where badgers are vaccinated.
The Vaccination Process:
- Carry out a detailed survey at no cost and with no obligation.
- We estimate the number of badgers.
- Decision to go ahead – an application under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 to trap and vaccinate badgers is made to Natural England.
- Once permission from Natural England is confirmed agree timescales for the following:
- Putting out initial bait points and cameras at key places to confirm best locations for deploying traps and to obtain an accurate picture of badger numbers – approximately 7 days
- Deploy and bait traps – 1 day
- Pre-bait the traps for a further 7 days
- Set traps to capture on 2 evenings and vaccinate following 2 mornings
- Remove and clean traps on last day of vaccination
- A requirement of the license is to vaccinate badgers on the farm/landholding each year for at least 4 years