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February 2010 - Posts

  • Moving the line?

    As our readers will know, we have long been critical of Defra's 'maginot' zoning lines on a map. Badgers can't read, and cattle on 3 or 4 year testing regimes may have already been infected. As no testing is required prior to any sale...
  • 'Fluid' data = questionable results.

    After the remains of the ISG (in the shape of the outpourings from Christl Donnelly's computer), further boosted our Minister for (some) Animal's Health in his decision not to cull badgers in TB hotspots, we have patiently attempted to deconstruct...
  • "Doing nothing

    ...... [ ] and allowing TB to spread through the UK badger population, is not necessarily a position of moral superiority". As the thorny question of targeted badger culling refuses (quite rightly) to lie down, Veterinary Times last week published...
  • Policy on the hoof

    We have become used to our department's habit of altering policy on a whim, or making it up as they go along. And that evolutionary process is arguably better than the 'cognitive dissonance' which affected them over FMD. However, not to acknowledge...
  • The money trail

    Today we have 'borrowed' a posting from our co-editor who tells the tale of his own bitter experience in attempting to fly in the face of 'science'. There was a time when scientists chased information, de-constructed that information and...
  • Costs - and Defra costs

    This week saw the publication of a further tranche of material from the ISG's electronic abacus. Professor Christl Donnelly having agreed that when badgers are removed, cattle TB reduces, sometimes significantly - then concluded in this paper that...
  • Update: New bTB leaflet for Camelids

    Defra have updated their advice leaflet on Tuberculosis in Camelids, which may be accessed on this link. They point out that: Transmission can occur between animals, from animals to humans, more rarely from humans to animals and between humans. Transmission...
  • BCG - how it works

    From Dr. Ueli Zellweger we have received the following explanation of how BCG vaccination - the live attenuated strain of Mycobacterium bovis known as Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) - works. Defra are keen to use this in hotspot areas (where badgers are...
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