A scientific perspective on the badger/cattle TB issue and the remarkable failure of this Government to address the fundamental problem
by Dr Chris Cheeseman Badger Ecologist
Many farmers are aware of the deficiencies of the cattle TB testing regime in England. Some recognise the urgent need for improvement, some seem unaware, and some turn a blind eye and focus on culling badgers as a distraction.
Various estimates show that between 20% and 50% of infected cattle are missed by routine testing using the SICCT (Single Intradermal Comparative Cervical Tuberculin) test. The result is that Officially TB Free (OTF) status for farms is completely misleading.