Welsh offered grants to vaccinate badgers

Farmers and landowners outside Wales’ bovine TB hotspot are to be offered grants to vaccinate badgers.

The Welsh government has allocated £1.2m – £250,000 a year over the next five years – to deliver the scheme.

From this autumn, farmers, landowners and other organisations outside the North Pembrokeshire Intensive Action Area can bid for funding towards privately delivered badger vaccination projects if they can meet half the cost. It is estimated that it costs around £600 to vaccinate a badger.

The Welsh government believes vaccination should increase the level of immunity in the badger population and prevent the spread of the disease to cattle.

In the meantime the five-year vaccination project in the IAA will continue to be delivered by the Welsh government. Last year’s badger vaccination programme cost £945,000.

The grant application process will get under way in the next few weeks with vaccination projects intended to get under way next May.

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