Department confirms Ballymahon badger traps were part of TB eradication programme

The Department of Agriculture has confirmed that traps laid for badgers in Newcastle Woods in Ballymahon last month were part of it’s ongoing TB Eradication Programme.

It says badger vaccinations represent a fundamental part of the TB Wildlife Programme and a large part of Longford has been included in the vaccination trials for many years.

A statement from the Department also says that cattle TB breakdowns associated with wildlife in the Longford vaccination area have been few and isolated in that time.

The Department says that as part of the ongoing effort to protect Longford farmers from bovine TB restraints had been laid down again to capture badgers for vaccination near Ballymahon on Monday monring the 18th of November, but on inspection the following morning the restraints were missing and the theft was reported to Gardai.