Bluetongue: Why farmers can't afford to be complacent in 2009
Defra bluetongue video featuring farmer Robert Law and Deputy Chief Vet Alick Simmons
Year of Publication2009
None of us will forget the devastating effect of bluetongue on many farms throughout East Anglia and South of England in September 2007. In 2008 there was no evidence of circulating disease due in no small part to the take up of vaccine by 80-90% of farmers in those affected areas. Bluetongue was circulating widely in continental Europe in 2008 and that posed the biggest threat to UK livestock. In France alone, there were over 24,000 reported cases. There’s no room for complacency, even those that vaccinated last year will need an annual booster to ensure their animals remain protected. Vaccination is the only way to protect livestock. Any concerns about possible side effects of the vaccine have been dismissed by recent studies which have shown that less than 1 in 10,000 animals have any adverse reaction to the drug.
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- Subject Collection > Livestock & dairy
- Subject Collection > Livestock & dairy > Dairy production
- Subject Collection > Livestock & dairy > Sheep production
- Subject Collection > Livestock & dairy > Beef production
- Subject Collection > Livestock & dairy > Animal health & welfare
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