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Harvest Workshop

Saturday 1st October
Rowallane Garden
Adult £25

Free Community Open Day

Saturday 1st October
Giant’s Causeway
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Northern Ireland Potato Festival

Saturday 1st October
Causeway Hotel
No Charge, Donations Welcome


Designing SuDS Course – Dublin

Tuesday 4th October
Venue TBC, Dublin
See website for details


Remarkable Trees of Minnowburn

Saturday 8th October
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Discover one of Northern Ireland’s ancient treasures this autumn

Sunday 9th October
Drumnaph Wood, Maghera

Get Stuck in at Murlough

Sunday 9th October
Murlough NNR
No Charge


Northern Ireland Planning Conference

Thursday 13th October
Baby Grand, Belfast
See website for details


Brent Watch

Saturday 15th October
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome


Saturday 15th October
No Charge, Donations Welcome


CEEweb Academy on EU Agriculuture and Green Infrastructure

Tuesday 18th October
See website for details
See website for details


Autumn Pumpkinfest

Saturday 22nd October
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Ghost and Gourds Spooktacular

Saturday 22nd October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hallowe’een Ghost Trail

Saturday 22nd October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Half–term Hallowe’en Fest

Saturday 22nd October
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

International Water Association Regional Conference – Dublin

Sunday 23rd October
Dublin City University, Helix Conference Centre
See website for details

Poison Chocolate Apple Dunking

Monday 24th October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


Mexican Day of the Dead

Saturday 29th October
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free


No plans for NI badger cull 5 August 2010

Written Answers 23 July 2010 Badger Cull to Prevent the Spread of Bovine TB

Mr J Shannon asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development if she has had any discussions with her counterpart in the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in relation to a badger cull to prevent the spread of bovine TB; and if these discussions have enabled the initiation of a cull Northern Ireland.
(AQW 7931/10)

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development: I note that the new Liberal-Conservative Coalition in Britain has announced that, as part of a package of measures, they will introduce a carefully-managed and science-led policy of badger control in areas with high and persistent levels of bovine TB. I have not had any discussions with my counterpart in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in relation to a badger cull. I understand that decisions on the shape of the Defra package of measures have not yet been taken and that the Coalition wishes to consider all the issues carefully, including the scientific evidence, and to work out the detail of the package to ensure they get it right. They will be looking at vaccine and culling options as part of that package. They will also watch how Wales embarks on their planned badger cull whilst they finalise their own plans. I shall be very interested to see exactly what it is they propose and how it is to be funded.

My Department has a rigorous TB programme in place, approved by the EU, which includes a strand to address the wildlife factor. The ultimate aim of our TB strategy is to eradicate TB in cattle in the north of Ireland.

Interventions to address the wildlife issue may include improving biosecurity, as well as options for more direct intervention such as the vaccination of badgers, which may be the most feasible solution in the long-term though I recognise it could be some time before an effective oral badger vaccine becomes available. We plan to carry out a TB Biosecurity Study this year to assess what critical differences there are between infected and non-infected herds in a TB high incidence area in County Down.

Consideration of both selected cattle and wildlife factors will be key elements of this Study which will help inform new biosecurity advice for farmers. We are also seeking to see how other AFBI research and development projects can best contribute to the fight against TB.

To date, research involving badger culling elsewhere presents a mixed picture of its cost benefit and effectiveness in reducing disease levels in cattle. It would appear that the cost exceeds the benefit by 2-3 times. There are no plans for any cull of badgers here. As the badger is a protected species, any direct interventions in the badger population would be subject to the agreement of the Environment Minister, and also to the availability of the substantial additional funding that would be needed.

My officials will continue to maintain contact with the work that is on-going in the south of Ireland and in England to develop a viable vaccine for badgers, which can be deployed in a cost effective way. We will also track the progress of the Welsh cull as well as the delivery of the Defra package of measures in England.

Action to deal with cattle to cattle transmission of TB will also continue to be an important element of our TB strategy as we move forward.