Defra hosts Bovine TB Q&A sessions

Experts from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will answer questions about bovine tuberculosis (bTB) over the next few weeks in sessions via Twitter.

The first session will be with the UK chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens, and takes place today (9 April) from 12.30-1.30pm. The theme includes a history of the disease in England, the impact of bTB and the measures used to prevent its spread.

Session two commences on 18 April, with chief scientist of the animal health and veterinary laboratories agency Glyn Hewinson. He will be answering questions regarding vaccines for badgers and cattle, research on bTB and other measures to reduce the spread of TB among cattle.

The third and final session takes place on 24 April with Defra’s chief scientist Ian Boyd. The theme behind that will be the science behind the bTB eradication strategy and the badger cull pilots.

To ask questions and find out more, tweet @DefraGovUK with hashtag #AskDefra.

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