The RBCT (Randomised Badger Culling Trial
) still by far the biggest such study, found less than 1.5 per cent of the already very small number of badgers carrying btb had the potential to be infectious.
The findings are in line with expectation based on the scientific evidence from the Randomised Badger Culling Trial
which underpins the approach to tackling bovine TB and demonstrate progress is being made in delivering the 25-year TB eradication strategy in England to rid our farmers of the impacts of this terrible disease.
Parallels are being drawn with reactive culling within the Randomised Badger Culling Trial
, but our protocol will be different on many counts.
Dr Lingard said the figure of 70% was entirely arbitrary, and was picked following the previous protocol established by the Randomised Badger Culling Trial
between 1998 and 2006.
The 2007 report on the pounds 50 million Randomised Badger Culling Trial
said that while badgers were clearly a source of cattle TB, culling them could make no meaningful contribution to cattle TB control in Britain and could make matters worse.
The Randomised Badger Culling Trial
(RBCT) in fact showed positive and negative changes in the incidence of bovine TB in cattle as a result of badger culling.
The FUW believes the delay should be used to undertake a full assessment of the impacts of the Randomised Badger Culling Trial
of 1998-2007 (RBCT).
The new findings, published in the Royal Society Journal Biology Letters, are based on analysis of data from the 10-year Randomised Badger Culling Trial
(RBCT) set up by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in 1998.
They studied the Randomised Badger Culling Trial
(RBCT) in England and found that while widespread culling does reduce cattle TB, the benefits disappeared within four years.
Dr Orin Courtenay, one of the leading researchers on the project, said: "We do not advocate culling badgers to control bovine TB, particularly in light of the scientific results emerging from the randomised badger culling trial
In a letter to Mr Griffiths, FUW president Emyr Jones said: "The 13.4% figure clearly relates to an area which is larger than the IAA, and includes possible adverse impacts which would only occur if the geographic boundaries around the IAA did not reduce the negative effects seen during the RBCT (Randomised Badger Culling Trial
It was responding to a report in the Royal Society's Biology Letters that England's randomised badger culling trial
resulted in a doubling of fox numbers.