TB in badgers, Sugar beet, Crofting and Raspberries
A project to test badgers, that have died in road accidents, for bovine TB in Cheshire has found that the disease could be more widespread than previously thought. Scientists at the University of Liverpool began testing badgers at the start of this year. So far they have results for 40 badgers and ten of them have tested positive for the disease. Cheshire is on the edge of a TB hot spot area and is one of 11 areas highlighted by Defra to receive funding to vaccinate badgers in an attempt to stop the spread of the disease.
There will be 20% fewer fields of sugar beet across the British countryside next year and farmers growing that beet will get a lower price for their crop. British Sugar, the company that processes all sugar beet produced in the UK, has announced a 24% price drop for the crop sown next Spring. Caz Graham speaks to the Chairman of the NFU's Sugar Board and asks how the union and British Sugar reach an agreement on price.
And it's the peak of the British raspberry season and according to British Summer Fruits, the body representing many summer fruit growers, commercial production of British raspberries has increased by 370% in the last ten years. To find out how this increase has come about, Lucy Bickerton visits a 'pick your own' farm in Herefordshire.
Presented by Caz Graham and produced by Lucy Bickerton.