The Wesh Assembly is contemplating action on wildlife reservoirs of bovineTB after digesting the contents of the recent Welsh 'found dead' survey, which indicated that over a quarter of the badger carcasses presented, were displaying - er, bovine TB. Further to that, the spoligotypes found in the badger carcasses were the same as in slaughtered cattle within the same area.
The number of candidate carcasses does not include those who died underground out of sight and thus out of 'survey', but we will not be picky over that.
FARMERS WEEKLY reports a 'Complete change' as Welsh Assembly ponders badger cull to combat Bovine TB - but after the May elections you understand.
"The Welsh Assembly has taken a major step towards ordering local badger culls to combat bovine tuberculosis ..." Why now, may one ask?
"Wales' chief vet Christianne Glossop said it could not be determined whether the disease had originated with the cattle or the badgers, but Dr Glossop said diseased badgers were raising as many as four disease-carrying litters before the dams eventually died underground".
Actually, in many instances, it can be determined 'whether the disease has originated in cattle or badgers'. If no cattle movements 50 days prior to the previous Tb test have been recorded by the CTS (Cattle Tracing System) then by default, infection from cattle it is not.