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Thursday, July 24, 2008
Bluetongue Spreads Despite Vaccinations
EU - Bluetongue is back. It has survived another winter in northern Europe, and now farmers are vaccinating livestock in a race against the biting midges that carry the virus....
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Possible Change in Bluetongue Policy
WALES - Welsh assembly rural affairs minister, Elin Jones, indicated a possible change to the bluetongue vaccination policy in the principality when she visited the Royal Welsh Show on Monday....
Monday, July 14, 2008
Vaccination Vital to Keep Rare Breeds Alive
UK - Keepers of rare and traditional breeds of susceptible animals in the Bluetongue Protection Zone in England and Wales were urged today to contact their vets to arrange urgent vaccination of their animals. ...
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Vaccine Rolls in, Bluetongue Zone Spreads Out
UK - The UK Bluetongue Protection Zone is to be expanded once more, following the delivery of almost 2 million additional doses of Bluetongue vaccine. ...
Farmers Wanted for Bluetongue Study
UK - Scientists are calling on farmers to help with research in the bid to battle the development of bluetongue in the UK....
Friday, June 27, 2008
Bluetongue Vaccine on it's Way to Scotland
UK - Twelve million doses of bluetongue vaccine for Scottish livestock have been secured, it has been announced today....
Friday, June 20, 2008
Infertility Problems with Vaccine Denied
UK - One of the UK's leading bluetongue experts has moved to quash rumours that the vaccine is causing infertility problems in sheep on the continent....
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
JAB Warns Against Complacency on Vaccination
UK - Farmers within the Protection Zone (PZ) are being urged by the Joint Action against Bluetongue (JAB) to vaccinate their animals if they have not already done so....
Friday, June 06, 2008
Bluetongue Clampdown in Scotland
SCOTLAND, UK - Controls over the movement of animals from a Bluetongue Restricted Zone into Scotland will be further tightened it was announced earlier this week....
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Bluetongue UK - Update
UK - A new born calf has been declared as a case. Its mother was positive last autumn and is still on the same farm. This calf is positive to PCR and also has high levels of antibody as would be expected. It is not known if the calf is infective and the...
Events Hit by Delay to Bluetongue Status Changes
UK - The unexpected delay this week in extending the Bluetongue Protection Zones further, has impacted at least two scheduled events – the Royal Cornwall Show and the official opening of Rugby Farmers Mart’s new Royal showground site....
Friday, May 30, 2008
More Farmers Get Bluetongue Vaccine
UK - Bluetongue vaccine will be available to farmers in Wales, Cornwall and much of Yorkshire next week when Defra extends the Protection Zone as more vaccine becomes available. ...
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Bluetongue Zones Expand and Merge
UK - At six o'clock yesterday Defra extended and merged the Bluetongue Protection Zones following the delivery of additional doses of the Bluetongue vaccine....
Friday, May 09, 2008
Bluetongue Protection Zone Extended
UK - DEFRA has announced that the bluetongue protection zones will be extended on Monday 12 May, following the delivery of additional doses of bluetongue vaccine.Vaccination is only permitted within the protection zone. ...
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Defra Order 13 Million More Bluetongue Doses
UK - 13 Million doses of the Bluetongue vaccine were ordered by the Departmnent of Environmental Food and Rural Affairs, eight million for use in England and five million for use in Wales. ...
Friday, May 02, 2008
Bluetongue Row Erupts in Scotland
UK - As the Bluetongue vaccination begins in England, so confusion erupts in Scotland over their preparation plans....
Concern Over Availability of Vaccine Outside the Zones
UK - British farmers are being prevented from stopping the spread of bluetongue because of strict European Union rules outlawing vaccination outside of a Protection Zone....
Thursday, May 01, 2008
First Cattle Get Their Vaccine Jab
UK - Cattle at Bixley Farms in Norfolk were today (1 May) the first animals in the country to be vaccinated against Bluetongue serotype 8 as over one million doses are delivered for animals in the Protection Zone on the first day of the vaccine roll-out....
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Bluetongue Vaccine Release Outlines Strength of Intervet/SPAH Combination
NETHERLANDS - Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health has released the first batch of Bovilis BTV8 vaccine against bluetongue to supply in Northern Europe. ...
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
EU Approves Rules to Control Bluetongue
EU - In an effort to control Bluetongue, the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health has approved a draft European Commission regulation modifying rules for the movement of animals. ...
Friday, April 18, 2008
More Bluetongue Vaccine Doses On the Way, Says NFU
UK - DEFRA is near to ordering another 8 million doses of bluetongue vaccine to ensure the whole of England is covered, according to NFU head of food and farming Kevin Pearce. ...
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Dairy UK Shows Support for Bluetongue Campaign
UK - Dairy UK has shown its support for the UK National Farming Union JAB campaign against Bluetongue, launched in March. The campaign runs with the slogan ‘Don’t Hesitate, Vaccinate’....
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Bluetongue Is Set to Return
UK - Bluetongue looks set to return to our shores this summer, and unless farmers vaccinate as soon as possible, it will spread far wider and far quicker than before and could devastate farm businesses. ...
Monday, April 07, 2008
Don't Hesitate – Vaccinate!
UK - A new awareness campaign has been launched urging farmers to order enough vaccine to protect their cattle against the bluetongue virus come Spring....
Friday, April 04, 2008
Another Bluetongue Case, Another Extension
UK - British veterinary authorities are extending a livestock protection zone after confirming a new outbreak of bluetongue disease in southern England....
Delay as Bluetongue Time Bomb Ticks On
UK - A further delay on the decision to introduce new measures in order to prevent the spread of bluetongue has been met with disapproval by the Ulster Farmers' Union. As the season unfolds, the union says it is becoming crucial to act sooner rather than...
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Threat of Bluetongue Leaves no Room for Complacency
UK - There is a growing sense of anxiety on the part of livestock farmers that the Scottish Government is still on the back foot in its approach to bluetongue disease. ...
Friday, March 28, 2008
First Bluetongue Vaccine on Verge of Approval
UK - The first vaccine able to protect livestock from the BTV8 strain of the bluetongue virus is on the verge of receiving official authorisation....
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