About bovine TB
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The Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (BEVS 2) provides grant funding to contribute to the cost of vaccinating badgers against bovine TB in the Edge Area of England with BCG vaccine. BEVS 2 has opened for applications, with projects set to start in spring 2018. Successful applicants will receive a government grant based on their eligible expenditure subject to demonstrating compliance with the scheme criteria.
The government’s bovine TB strategy for England published in April 2014 announced new support for privately-led vaccination initiatives in what it called “the Edge Area” of England. The Edge Area is the buffer zone between the High and Low Risk Areas. Government is accepting applications for badger vaccination projects in any of the following counties:
Taking forward the commitment in the TB Strategy, and following the first BEVS grant scheme, BEVS 2 offers support to privately led vaccination projects in the Edge Area. The aim of BEVS 2 is to create locally protected badger populations which can act as a barrier between areas where bovine TB is present in cattle and areas without bovine TB.
Information on how to apply for BEVS 2 can be found on GOV.UK
For queries and to discuss potential applications, please contact BEVS@defra.gsi.gov.uk.