THE leader of Derbyshire County Council has said the government’s measures to slow down the spread of Bovine TB do not go far enough.
Anne Western has criticised plans to increase TB testing and control cattle movement in 10 areas across the country, including Derbyshire, and has continued to press for investment into a vaccination programme.
The recently announced plans will see farms in Derbyshire and Cheshire within three kilometres of a new TB outbreak having to test their cows for bovine TB immediately and again after six months.
A £250,000 fund for farmers to help cover half of the costs of vaccinating badgers on their land has also been set up.
Councillor Western, said: “While I welcome the new measures set out this week by the Government I do not think they go far enough.
“I welcome the money set aside to help those farmers who want to vaccinate badgers on their land, but my view is that it is not enough.
“We want to see a nationwide badger vaccination programme, supported, co-ordinated and fully funded by the Government.”
In July the authority decided to oppose badger culling on its land and agreed to support badger vaccination as a measure to reduce the spread of TB, and allow vaccination on its land.