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Northern Ireland considering culling badgers
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£4 million research programme to be commissioned

Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has responded to recent criticism from the Ulster Farmer's Union (UFU) of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (DARD) policy on badger culling as a means of countering the spread of bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) by confirming that controlling the disease is a 'key priority'.

Ms O'Neill stated that “We are investing around £4million to commission a programme of TB and wildlife research and studies towards the ultimate aim of eradicating TB in cattle. We will use the evidence produced by this programme to inform a comprehensive approach that deals with all aspects of TB and will help to reduce the level of disease in cattle.”

“We already have a rigorous EU Commission approved eradication programme in place. We also need to build a sound evidence base to underpin further interventions in cattle and/or wildlife that could help to reduce TB as part of our eradication programme.” the Minister added.

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A health review for the practice

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 It's very easy for a successful practice to carry on doing what it has always done because everything seems to be working well and profits are good. In the short term this is probably fine, but looking further ahead a better strategy is required if the practice is not going to caught off guard. Things change, new practices open, client's needs and wants do not stay the same and the practice has to keep up with all of this, modifying its services, if it is to stay ahead of the game.

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Day of the Hedgehog launches

For the first time in over 10 years, a hedgehog conference will be held at Telford International Centre. Experts and scientists will deliver a series of talks on the issues currently facing 'the gardener's friend'.

The event will take place on 21 November. 'The Day of the Hedgehog' is being hosted by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and the People's Trust for Endangered Species. To find out more visit http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/thedayofthehedgehog