Bovine TB and badgers Tuberculosis Selenium
[Vitamins would expose the forbidden/taboo Nutritional Medicine and Pleomorphism Disease Theory. So millions gets criminally wasted every year killing cows and now badgers, both scapegoats for factory & chemical farming, and Allopathy Inc.]
‘I GIVE MY BADGERS VITAMINS TO STOP TB’
Badgers are due to be shot in a cull ordered by the Government n an attempt
to halt bovine TB
Sunday July 31,2011 By Stuart Winter, Environment Editor
FARMER Dick Roper has vowed not to shoot badgers on his land but to feed them a daily dose of health supplements to prevent the spread of a deadly disease hitting dairy herds.
Badgers are due to be shot in a cull ordered by the Government in an attempt to halt bovine tuberculosis but Mr Roper says his idea of feeding badgers vitamins and essential minerals keeps the disease at bay.
For almost a decade, Mr Roper has been leaving cakes made from sugary molasses laced with supplements, including high doses of selenium, near the badgers’ setts on his land as a way of keeping their immune systems in prime condition.
Since then, the farm he managed on the Wills Estate, near Northleach, Gloucestershire, has been TB-free, apart from two cases and they were in pastures near a neighbour’s maize crop.
His idea has won the support of the organic food licensing body, the Soil Association and the Badger Trust and has even featured in BBC Radio 4’s the Archers.
Mr Roper, 57, came up with his idea while researching why pedigree cattle on the estate had been stricken with bovine TB. He found a possible link to maize, which was the cows’ main winter fodder.
I can’t understand why Defra has not done more research...I don’t believe
badgers have to be shot.
Farmer Dick Roper
“Maize is highly nutritious,” he said, “It’s full of sugar and fats but low in supplements. Cows love it and so do badgers. If you feed cows maize you have to give them supplements to boost their immune system. I just give my badgers supplements too.
“Everything I read pointed to the trace element selenium being the solution so I decided to make cakes of molasses with the highest dose of selenium permitted. I got Ministry permission and started leaving my cakes outside the setts in the woods. This has worked for nearly a decade in a TB hot spot but I can’t understand why Defra [Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs] has not done more research into my theory...I don’t believe badgers have to be shot.”
Earlier this month, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman announced she was “strongly minded” to allow controlled culls of badgers in areas where TB was prevalent. Last year, 25,000 cattle were killed because of the illness, costing taxpayers £90million in compensation to farmers. The West Country was badly hit with 23 per cent of cattle farms unable to move their stock.
She said: “I wish there was some other practical way of dealing with this but the evidence supports the case for a controlled reduction of the badger population in areas worst affected by bovine TB.”
The National Farmers Union says it wants a “science-led policy” to obtain “a healthy countryside for badgers and cattle”. The Badger Trust and Soil Association also called for research. The Soil Association said: “We back Dick Roper’s call for more research into the effects he has discovered. It is a health strategy which would be far preferable to culling.” Defra declined to comment.