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Welsh Government considers options for tackling bovine TB

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 16, 2013

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WALES'S chief veterinary officer has visited Ethiopia to look at vaccinating cattle against TB.

The Welsh Government believes cattle vaccination could contribute to TB eradication, and Dr Christianne Glossop's visit comes as the Government considers all options available for tackling the issue.

Ethiopia has one of the largest cattle populations in the world, and also faces a significant challenge with bovine TB.

Dr Glossop said: "We want to develop a sustainable relationship with Ethiopia. They have practical experience of vaccinating cattle against TB and we have been focussing on TB testing, biosecurity and movement restrictions. There are opportunities for us to both help and learn from each other.

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"Considering options for vaccination as part of our eradication plan is a priority for the Welsh Government. We know it is going to take time to get there and that there are hurdles to be overcome but we are keen to do all we can to accelerate the process."

The Welsh Government is currently developing a vaccination strategy.

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  • groundnut  |  May 16 2014, 7:08AM

    The Welsh Chief Veterinary Officer goes to Ethiopia to broaden her knowledge about Vaccination and Bovine Tb. As Defra announce that England (DEFRA) has commenced trials on the Gassing of Badger setts, after its badger Cull last year was labelled "ineffective and Inhumane" by Independent experts and cost almost £4000 per Badger. Wales you seem to have more thinking than England on this subject of Bovine Tb . Which certainly needs humane science applying to it.

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  • badgerhugger  |  February 25 2013, 2:33PM

    Vaccination just seems so obvious. We pasturise all our milk and cook our meat. Carcasses are thoroughly examined after slaughter. Clearly we have been consuming products from TB animals for years, so why worry if the odd cow continues to slip through the system due to vaccination inadequacy?

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