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Monday, 4 November 2013
Badger-proof design......................................................... Bicton College and the South West TB Advisory Group
Some very interesting research going on at Bicton College of late:
Bicton are working with the South West TB Advisory Group, evaluating different trough design to prevent badgers from using cattle water troughs and feed troughs and Badger proof fencing. They have surveyed the farm and we have lots of badgers, and have some great video of them:
Badger Fencing from McVeigh Parker used in TB Prevention Trials at B
Published on 24 May 2013
The South West TB Farm Advisory Service launched earlier in the year a collaborative biosecurity project with Bicton College in Devon. The project aim is for research into effective badger proof equipment to reduce the risk of TB spread from badgers to cattle.
One of the trials at the moment is the testing of a specialist badger fencing from McVeigh Parker called X™ fence®. The results so far have been very good and with only three weeks left of the trial, Sophie James from the South West TB Farm Advisory Service is confident that it is highly unlikely that the fence will fail. The video footage so far has showed some very determined badgers having no success at digging under or through the badger X™ fence®.
This badger fencing is ideal for double fencing for Approved Finishing Units as set out by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Use electric fencing as an internal fence line to stop nose to nose contact.
Bicton College is a leading land-based college set within an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of Devon. The grounds comprise 200 hectares of open parkland and rolling countryside; a majestic Georgian manor house overlooks the beautiful lake and sits alongside the latest in modern facilities and equipment. It is the College's stated mission to strive for excellence in the delivery of land-based and environmental education to Devon's rural businesses, individuals and communities.
The South West TB Advisory Service offers a free and independent service to support all livestock farmers (bovine and non-bovine) in the South West, with guidance on any of their TB issues and problems, with one-to-one support and with positive ways of dealing with potentially crippling circumstances.