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Catastrophe Awaits in Absence of Jabs

17 March 2009

UK - Cattle farmers shouldn't assume bluetongue is only a threat to the sheep sector.

If UK beef and dairy farmers adopt that attitude and fail to vaccinate stock this spring, the cattle sector could be heading towards an animal health catastrophe, Dutch vet Karin van Heuven-van Kats warned during a visit to Lancashire

"Farmers in the UK haven't seen enough cases of bluetongue in cattle, compared with our experience of the disease in Holland, to realise the full extent of the damage this disease can do.

"This is not just a sheep disease and my concern is that UK cattle farmers don't have a grasp of what a major impact this disease could have in their herds if they are complacent about vaccination," Ms van Heuven-van Kats told a meeting of farmers organised by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health in Garstang.

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Source: FarmersWeeklyInteractive


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