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A County Parish Holding Herd level spatial and temporal analysis of the Randomised Badger Culling Trial dataset - SE3239

Description
We will look in detail at the relationship between TB cases in cattle and TB cases in badgers at a finer level than that looked at originally in the Randomised Badger control trial (RBCT). We will consider the areas of the RBCT selected for proactive culling and survey only. We will match data collected on culled badgers with the individual cattle herd breakdowns. We will then look at associations between individual cattle herd breakdowns (CHBs) that occur and the numbers of badgers both infected and non-infected with TB that are trapped and culled close to the herd along with other close CHBs that occur. We will also look at associations between CHBs and prior cattle movements both in terms of numbers of movements and the infection history of former herds. We will consider the hypothesis that removal of either badgers or cattle may successfully control bTB in cattle. We will perform appropriate statistical analyses that account for the temporal nature of the data as well as the spatial structure that exists. We will evaluate whether such a finer grain analysis of the data results in different findings than the original trial area level analysis and how detailed and fine scale an analysis the data can support.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : SE3239 FinalReport v4   (1099k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2008

To: 2010

Cost: £287,457
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Bristol
Keywords
Animal Diseases              
Animal Health              
Badgers              
Bovine Tuberculosis              
Cattle              
Control              
Modelling              
Plants and Animals              
Tuberculosis              
Fields of Study
Animal Health