The penultimate year of the Welsh Government’s five year badger vaccination project has begun in the Intensive Action Area (IAA) in west Wales.
More than 4,000 doses of the vaccination were successfully delivered during the first three years of the project, which is part of the Welsh Government’s wider programme of work to eradicate TB from cattle in Wales.
Rebecca Evans, deputy minister for farming and food, said, “The badger vaccination project in the IAA is aimed at developing a degree of immunity to bovine TB within the badger population and should reduce the potential for the onward spread of infection to cattle and other badgers in the area.
“We are closely monitoring the results of vaccination and publish a report on our progress to date each year. The report on year three of the project is now available on the Welsh Government website.”
Vaccination is carried out under licence by Welsh Government employees who have successfully completed an Animal and Plant Health Agency course relating to the cage trapping and vaccination of badgers by injection.
The work is undertaken in cycles and is expected to be completed over seven cycles this year, running until the end of October.