Solutions to deter Badger access on-farm
Bovine Tuberculosis continues to be a major challenge to cattle keepers in Wales. Our range of drinking and feeding troughs give you the option to prevent badger access to feed and water and reduce the risk of transmission between wildlife and farm animals.
JFC Water Troughs
A lot of time has been invested in research to help create solutions to assist in the prevention of the spread of TB by both JFC Agri and the TB Advisory Service (TBAS). JFC strive to produce innovative goods for today’s farmers. Following research, the JFC round water trough range consisting of four different sizes -180, 250, 350 and 450 Gallon, has been designed with tapered edges to help limit the access to badgers.
Badgers will drink from water troughs if they can access them. Infected badgers may shed M. bovis (the bacteria which causes TB) in their saliva, and research has shown that the bacteria can survive in water for up to 60 days. Water troughs are therefore a potential source of infection to cattle, and measures to reduce contamination by badgers are advised
-Dr Andy Robertson, Scientist and TBAS Technical Board member
Tips for Water Trough Installation
All cattle need to hydrate and every farmer wants to make their water as accessible as possible to their herds. Key elements when choosing and installing a water trough that can help prevent the access to badgers are:
- Ensure the water trough has a badger access preventive success as tapered sides such as the JFC Agri range of circular water troughs – making it extremely difficult to climb.
- Ensure the trough is placed in a location that is not adjacent to structures that badgers could climb to access the water. This will also allow a 360 access to the water preventing any hierarchy issues.
- JFC recommend there should be one water trough for every 20 cows.
- A mains water supply is recommended, and any stream, pond or river should be fenced off to cattle.
All water troughs should be cleaned and emptied as often as possible.
The JFC Circular Fast-Fill 450 gallon Water Trough is available in stock today – contact your local branch to order. Other sizes available upon request.
After successful trials on farms in areas with high numbers of badgers, IAE has launched the Badger Defence™ beef trough. Featuring spinning rollers on all four sides, it is designed to stop the badger’s ingress to the animal’s feed, preventing the spread of TB known to be caused by this, without harming the badger.
Trials were conducted in High Badger Density Areas and Badgers were successfully excluded from feeding
-Antony Pope, South West TB Farm Advisory Service
Contact your nearest branch or member of the sales team for more information on these products.
For more info on bovine TB visit www.tbhub.co.uk.