Badgers

Wildlife groups to legally challenge badger cull in NI

Wildlife groups to legally challenge badger cull in NI

The decision to launch a badger cull in Northern Ireland (NI) is to be legally challenged in the courts by...

April 1, 2022

USPCA condemns badger cull as part of bTB plan

USPCA condemns badger cull as part of bTB plan

The Ulster Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) has condemned the badger cull announced by the Northern...

March 28, 2022

No link between badger culling and bovine TB reduction – UK study

No link between badger culling and bovine TB reduction – UK study

There is no evidence to show that mass badger culling in the UK prevents bovine tuberculosis (TB) in cattle, according...

March 21, 2022

Badger culling ‘necessary until TB significantly reduced’

Badger culling ‘necessary until TB significantly reduced’

Some level of badger culling will remain necessary until TB levels have significantly reduced, according to Minister for Agriculture, Food...

September 10, 2021

DAFM notified of 2,917 new badger setts in 2020

DAFM notified of 2,917 new badger setts in 2020

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) was notified of 2,917 new badger setts across the country in...

June 2, 2021

TB testing of badgers needed with sett mapping – ICSA

TB testing of badgers needed with sett mapping – ICSA

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) has said testing badgers for TB must go hand in hand with...

October 16, 2020

Mapping of badger setts ‘a positive move in addressing main driver of TB’

Mapping of badger setts ‘a positive move in addressing main driver of TB’

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s request for information on the location of badger setts is “a positive...

October 12, 2020

Study suggests humans transported badgers from Britain to Ireland

Study suggests humans transported badgers from Britain to Ireland

A new study into badger genetics has shown those from the north-eastern and south-eastern counties of Ireland share genetics with badgers...

April 5, 2020

Trinity badger research could ‘minimise spread of TB’

Trinity badger research could ‘minimise spread of TB’

Zoology researchers from Trinity College Dublin, working with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and the National Parks...

November 19, 2019

Discovery of ‘super-ranging’ badgers offers ‘opportunity’ to fight against TB

Discovery of ‘super-ranging’ badgers offers ‘opportunity’ to fight against TB

A ‘super-ranging’ behaviour in badgers has been newly discovered by a team of Irish researchers – which could have a...

February 15, 2018

It’s time to take a cross-border approach on TB eradication

It’s time to take a cross-border approach on TB eradication

The issue of Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) eradication continues to strike fear into the heart of every Irish livestock farmer. Ireland...

January 29, 2018

‘Badgers unfairly blamed for a problem that was not their making’

‘Badgers unfairly blamed for a problem that was not their making’

Badgers have been unfairly blamed for bovine tuberculosis (TB) – a problem that was not their making, according to the...

January 15, 2018

Badgers to be vaccinated as part of bovine TB eradication programme

Badgers to be vaccinated as part of bovine TB eradication programme

Badgers are set be vaccinated as part of the bovine tuberculosis (TB) eradication programme, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and...

January 15, 2018

First badger report reveals 41 crimes in 2015

First badger report reveals 41 crimes in 2015

Northern Ireland’s first badger report shows just over 40 potential badger crimes were reported in 2015. The report was published...

December 13, 2017

TVR badger research project kicks off today

TVR badger research project kicks off today

The Test and Vaccinate or Remove (TVR) Wildlife Intervention Research Project is to start today, June 19, in a 100km² area...

June 19, 2017

Badger cull on the cards for Northern Ireland

Badger cull on the cards for Northern Ireland

A badger control policy should be implemented in Northern Ireland to reduce the overall level of infection in the badger population,...

December 16, 2016

Determined to eradicate TB in Northern Ireland

Determined to eradicate TB in Northern Ireland

The Minister for Agriculture in Northern Ireland, Michelle McIlveen has reiterated her commitment to eradicate TB in Northern Ireland. “Bovine...

December 4, 2016

Badger vaccination programme in the pipeline ‘to reduce TB incidence in cattle’

Badger vaccination programme in the pipeline ‘to reduce TB incidence in cattle’

The Department of Agriculture intends to deploy a full badger vaccination strategy as soon as robust scientific evidence becomes available,...

December 1, 2016