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Badgers are known to use cattle pasture, and may also visit cattle sheds, feed stores, barns and yards on some farms. Such activities provide opportunities for contamination of the environment with the bacteria that cause bovine tuberculosis, and could potentially bring badgers into direct contact with cattle. Where badger visits to farm buildings occur, their frequency and duration, and the numbers of badgers involved can vary between farms and over time.
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Biosecurity measures can be taken by farmers to reduce the opportunities for cattle coming into contact with badgers around farm buildings and at pasture.
The following Bovine TB Biosecurity Information Sheets provide standard guidance for farmers, vets, contractors and cattle industry stakeholders on types of measures available to try to reduce opportunities for direct and indirect contact between badgers and cattle. Each information sheet provides details on how the biosecurity measure works, how it has been tested, guide prices, recommendations on appropriate installation and use, and describes case studies of how the measure has been applied on farms.
This guidance aims to help farmers find ways to reduce the risks of direct and indirect contact between badgers and cattle, and so reduce risks of bovine TB transmission to livestock. It may not be practical to apply all of the measures described here on any given farm, but taking some practical action to limit opportunities for disease transmission between badgers and cattle is a sensible, precautionary approach to managing herd health.
Galvanised steel panels
Adjustable gate sections
Feed storage containers
Electric fencing (badgers)
Electric fencing (cattle)
Wire mesh fencing
Feed and water troughs
Double perimeter livestock fencing