Many farmers use mineral licks to supplement cattle, especially those out at grass during the spring. However, badgers are often attracted to these licks, in particular where molasses is included to increase palatability.

Not only does this increase the risk of badger-cattle interactions, it is also a waste of a costly item.

The TB Advisory Service has a few tips to farmers that use mineral licks at grass:

1. Consider whether you really need to supplement your cattle at grass. If yes, talk to your vet or nutritionist to discuss alternatives.

2. Adding vitamins and minerals to a compound feed is usually cheaper than providing licks.

3. Using boluses ensures that each and every animal receives the supplement, which cannot be guaranteed with licks

4. If licks are appropriate, consider ways to prevent badgers accessing them, either by raising the licks off the ground, covering them or bringing them indoors at night.