NI farmers urged to support badger survey

The president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), Harry Sinclair, has asked farmers to get involved in a badger sett survey.

Sinclair said he would like farmers in the Banbridge and Rathfriland areas of County Down to get involved in the surveys being carried out on their land.

The surveys are in preparation for a proposed “test, vaccinate or remove (TVR)” wildlife intervention study, which is a result of the agriculture minister’s plans to introduce a geographically targeted preliminary badger sett survey in the County Down area.

Sinclair said: “It is vital that the permission slips attached to these letters are signed and returned as quickly as possible. The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute cannot begin sett surveying until permission has been given by the farmer and now that we have seen some action from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) it is imperative to keep the momentum going.”

Letters have already been issued to all farmers involved in the preliminary badger sett survey, which should have arrived at the weekend. Sinclair continued: “We are totally committed to achieving the eradication of TB in Northern Ireland and look forward to helping DARD and other industry stakeholder’s implement a successful policy to achieve this.”