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NFU insight: Cattle vaccination and the bTB eradication strategy

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has granted permission for field trials of cattle vaccination as part of the government's bovine TB eradication strategy.

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NFU President Minette Batters said:

“With bTB continuing to devastate farms across the country, this approval for field trials for cattle vaccination will be welcome news for many farmers. We eagerly await the outcome of these trials to further understand the potential role of cattle vaccination as part of a complete bTB eradication strategy.

“As we wait for this research to develop, the NFU continues to support a comprehensive eradication strategy and we must use every option available to us at this time to tackle the disease.”

NFU senior bTB policy manager Tom Dracup provides further insight into the developments.

He writes:

It’s been a busy time within bTB policy, with numerous changes and most notably Defra’s long-awaited response to Godfray released in March, offering an update on the direction