The Welsh deputy minister for agriculture, Rebecca Evans, has visited a farm in Pembrokeshire to see the badger vaccination process first-hand.

The farm is in the intensive action area (IAA) in north Pembrokeshire, where the third year of the Welsh Government’s five-year badger vaccination project is underway.

The vaccination project, which aims to develop a degree of immunity to TB in the badger population, is part of the Welsh Government’s TB eradication programme.

The programme has received endorsement by the European Commission for the past five years for its solid, evidence-based approach and its use of annual testing of cattle, strict biosecurity measures and movement controls.

In the first year of its badger vaccination project, the Welsh Government successfully caught and vaccinated more than 1,400 badgers.

This was followed by more than 1,350 badgers in the second year, while provisional figures indicate that more than 1,000 badgers have been successfully vaccinated so far this year.

Ms Evans said: “Bovine TB is one of the biggest challenges facing Wales’ farming industry, so I was keen to visit the intensive action area in Pembrokeshire to see how the vaccination project is being carried out.

“I am pleased to have met those who undertake the vaccinations and I was impressed by the professional nature of the project.

“Participation in this project is entirely voluntary and I am grateful to farmers and landowners for their ongoing effort and cooperation as we work together to tackle this devastating disease.”

The vaccination work is undertaken in cycles and is expected to continue until the end of October.
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