Farmers' help needed in TB infection study

28 April 2022

Dairy Livestock
Cows looking over a dry stone wall

Farmers and landowners in the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and East Sussex area are asked to help in a year-long study.

In collaboration with the University of Nottingham, APHA is currently conducting a research project to detect the presence and location of TB infection in badgers in Southern Edge Area (Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and East Sussex).

The project started on 6 April 2021 and will continue for a year. Volunteers can help locate and collect badger carcasses which are then collected by a specialist courier and taken to the University of Nottingham. The carcasses will then be tested and if the collector would like to be notified, they could also receive the TB test result.

The carcasses are not frozen, and APHA offers a contribution of £25 towards any personal expenses associated with collection of badger carcasses for the study.

March update

From April-March, 319 carcasses have been submitted with 256 undergoing post-mortem examination. TB test results are continuing to be confirmed, with collectors being informed and can be viewed on the newsletter map.

You can subscribe to APHA's monthly newsletter for regular updates by emailing [email protected].

Please note that culture is taking longer than predicted and it can take up to 24 weeks to confirm the result.

Help still needed

They are still short of the target of 100 carcasses per county.

There are low numbers of carcasses from north-west Hampshire, Berkshire and the south-west border of Oxfordshire. If you can help in these areas or across any part of the southern edge area, then please find out how you can get involved below.

What you can do to help

Anyone can volunteer to take part. If you would like to request a collection kit please contact APHA (e-mail: [email protected], telephone: 07798 882392).

Collection kits will also be available at your local NFU office.

Download APHA's Survey for tuberculosis (TB) in found dead badgers leaflet for more information or visit TBhub – Survey for tuberculosis (TB) in found dead badgers in the Southern Edge Area – Bovine TB.

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