PLAYING THE GAME OF CHANCE AGAIN THIS WEEK (60 DAY Btb test)

We are half way through our latest 60 day bTB test; we will get the results tomorrow after reading the test.
These test weeks are difficult, the waiting and not knowing. I am always optimistic you have to be but in the back of my mind I’m always preparing myself for the worst. Given the level of wildlife infection in Gloucestershire and our testing history it’s prudent to be prepared. Also that there have been 6 NEW heard breakdowns locally in the last couple of weeks.
The South West TB Advisory Service has recently completed a survey of badger activity in my cattle buildings and feed store, I’m very happy to say that NO badgers were caught on the night vision motion cameras. As some of my cows stay out 10 months of the year this makes biosecurity difficult. Some would say it may be better to keep our cattle inside 24/7 I totally disagree with this utter nonsense , cattle were designed to live outside its healthy and it’s good for the environment, so if we keep our cattle inside and do nothing about badgers and bTB you don’t think other species will suffer from bTB ? This would not be a solution just another fudge it’s time to face up to the problem and do something about it. Many people have strong opinions about this whole Btb debate, how many will be Btb testing this week or any other? And how many have had to have animals slaughtered? Not so many. This must be looked at in the round, no cherry picking.
Will post results on Friday.

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