Tuesday, December 01, 2009

A TB test on 'Countryfile'

See a reasonable overview of the frustration and waste of the non-policy which passes for bTB eradication in this country, on last weekend's episide of the BBC's COUNTRYFILE. Some beautiful in calf holstein heifers, loaded up for slaughter on a nearby dairy farm, with the added comment that over 200 black and white bull calves had been destroyed at birth over this two year herd restriction.

Then a snapshot of a six month 'short interval' herd test on Adam Henson's various rare breed beef stock, revealed four reactors within various groups of cattle roaming 1600 acres. A smart in calf Gloucester cow, and three youngsters including a very scarce White Park calf - a breed which is getting dangerously low in numbers.

If we are being pedantic, it would have been more honest of the BBC to allow Adam the airtime to explain that such a six month SI test follows a period of herd restriction due to a previous bTB breakdown. Thus his euphoria in the early summer, when the programme showed his clear TB test (and thus his ability to trade his stock with pride) was the expected emotional response, when for some little time 'Adam's farm' had been under continuous TB restriction, 60 testing and slaughter. And the further wasting of taxpayers' money..

In the interests of balance, we confidently expect a clip of Oddie / Kidner et al kissing small badgers in a follow up film. And a lot of hot air about vaccinating badgers infected with tuberculosis in hotspot areas such as this, with BCG. Which can be expected to create more jobs, buy more time, solve the TB problem overnight - at least in the eyes of a naive and misinformed public.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I believe the BBC has now put Bill Oddie out to graze - he's either too old or has indeed caught something!

Matthew said...

Anon @ 13.13

Good. Embarrassingly cringe-making little man.

" .. or has indeed caught something" ...
TB from kissing too many badgers ? or possibly the fragrant Kate Humble. Ouch.

Anonymous said...

I know Tim Oddy - Bill's brother - Tim's an excellent solicitor

Chalk 'n cheese

Anonymous said...

"I believe the BBC has now put Bill Oddie out to graze - he's either too old or has indeed caught something!

"Good. Embarrassingly cringe-making little man.

"I know Tim Oddy - Bill's brother - Tim's an excellent solicitor

Be warned !! My big brother's a solicitor

Bill Oddy

Matthew said...

Anon @ 4.35 and Anon @ 6.27

' I know Tim Oddy - Bill's brother - Tim's an excellent solicitor. '

Very pleased for him. Some of our most interesting comments have come from solicitors.

'Chalk 'n cheese' ???
Having only seen one half of the Oddy duet, we couldn't possibly comment.

Welcome anyway. A sense of humour comes with the territory..

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