Bovine Tuberculosis: Exmoor National Park

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 25th May 2016.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effect on bovine health in Exmoor of the National Trust's advice to their tenant farmers not to participate in badger culls.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

Alongside strengthening cattle testing and movement controls and improving biosecurity on farm and when trading, licensed badger control in areas where bovine TB is rife, like Exmoor, is an essential part of the Government’s 25-year strategy to eradicate the disease in England.

Badger control licence applications from groups of local farmers and landowners are assessed against criteria that include the area of accessible land. Provided that enough land is accessible to achieve an effective badger population reduction across the wider area, Natural England can issue a licence. Thus, even if some local landowners do not participate, long term disease reduction benefits can still be realised across the wider area.

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