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Bovine TB
Bovine TB: test, vaccinate, remove project gets underway in Northern Ireland

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A FIVE-YEAR research project to investigate the effect of testing badgers for bovine TB, vaccinating those that are clear of disease and removing those that are infected has begun in Northern Ireland.

Michelle O'Neill, the agriculture minister in Northern Ireland, announced on June 3 that the ‘TVR’ wildlife intervention research project had started in a 100 km2 area around Banbridge in County Down.

‘This project is unique to these islands and involves seeking access permission from land owners, setting humane traps to capture badgers, taking samples from badgers, microchipping and vaccinating them against bovine TB or, where they test positive for TB, removing them,’ she said.

‘The aim of the TVR research project is to …

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