09 Mar '17, 12pm

Bovine TB found in foxhounds - and nothing to do with badgers! Now what? - The Ecologist

Bovine TB found in foxhounds - and nothing to do with badgers! Now what? - The Ecologist

Hound-to-cattle bTB transmission, perhaps via hound excrement left in fields pastured by cattle, is entirely plausible. Hound excrement may even be infecting badgers with bTB. The news finally broke cover a few days ago, news which the Kimblewick Hunt had been sitting on since December. The Kimblewick is an amalgamation of three former hunts, and hunts over land in six counties, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire. Rather than the familiar red coats, it wears coats of a peculiar mustard yellow. None of this has made it newsworthy. But the fact that 25 of its foxhounds had to be put down because they were infected with bovine TB, with a further 120 undergoing testing, has made both wildlife organisations and farmers sit up. Information given to Hounds Off claimed that at least 40 hounds had been culled. Horse & Hound were full ...

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