A badger is given a vaccination jab
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Badgers given TB vaccination in Shropshire and Cheshire

Badgers have started to be vaccinated as part of a scheme to cut the spread of tuberculosis (TB) among cattle in north Shropshire and south Cheshire.

Shropshire and Cheshire wildlife trusts are leading the five-year project in response to a badger cull trial in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

The government has said bovine TB had cost UK farms about £100m in 2010 alone.

Shropshire Wildlife Trust said its vaccination scheme was intended to show there was an alternative to culling.

  • 29 Sep 2012