In short, the Badger Trust is accusing officers and employees of the former SVS, farmers and accumulated agencies which support animal tracing, of lying. Telling porkies folks.
"They are often responsible for disease management in thousands of herds, yet at best have a very blurred snapshot of on-farm activity."Government vets when faced with a bTb breakdown do not pluck supposition out of the air. They go back to two months before the last clear bTb test and monitor through BCMS / CTS any 'On' movements of bought in cattle. If there are none, then the source of the outbreak is unlikely to be bovine. Yes? No? Or are all the agencies they use for support 'blurred' too? Using EU comments from a report issued in 2005, the Trust uses a broad brush and assumes that all farmers are using 'linked' holdings and moving cattle between blocks of land miles apart. No we are not. We are not. Our land is in one block, ring fenced by woodland, roads and a river. Only one field even touces another holding, and that has no cattle. Our vet knows this. SVS vets have maps where land ownership / occupation is identified. They know that. It may not fit with the Badger Trust's prejudicial wish-list, but nevertheless it is true.
State veterinary officers and vets working with LVI status are all local and they know their clients - including the cattle. The vets conducting the tests are often on farm in an advisory 'animal health plan' capacity monthly. Local AHOs are aware of the situation on the ground and if they say with certainty 'No bought in cattle' are implicated in the disease breakdown, then that is the case. The fact that David Williams, Trevor Lawson Dr. Yarnley and all, have thrown the balls up in the air and they have landed a little haphazardly, is unfortunate - for the Badger Trust, and even more so for the badgers. But as that roll-call illustrates, the phenomenal growth in bTb does have some beneficiaries, albeit Badger Trust employees.
Farmers Guardian has the story, and the Badger Trust has provided a link to their paper in a comment below.
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