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Thursday, June 05, 2008
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. ...
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....
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Farmers on Alert After Bluetongue Clampdown
UK - Livestock farmers in the Rasen Mail area have narrowly escaped facing tight restrictions after Lincolnshire's first case of the animal disease bluetongue was confirmed. ...
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Time Ticking Down on Bluetongue Vaccine
UK - The National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) Vice-President, Nigel Miller, met with members from the East Central Region to qualm fears and discuss developments on the bluetongue vaccination programme...
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Bluetongue Back in Britain: Zones Extended
UK - The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) today confirmed changes to the Bluetongue Protection and Surveillance Zones, following confirmation of disease on premises within the current zones....
Friday, March 14, 2008
NI Bluetongue Restrictions to Continue
UK - The Northern Ireland power-sharing Executive announced tonight that its ban on some sheep and cattle imports from European countries affected by bluetongue disease will continue. ...
EU Questions UK Stratergy
UK - A war of words has broken out over Defra’s bluetongue strategy, with a leading association of European vets claiming it would not be sufficient to halt the spread of disease....
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Lessons Learned: Reviewing UK Foot and Mouth Response
UK - The British Authorities have improved their contigency planning, but the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Surrey last year should never have happened....
FMD Review Through the Eye of the Beholder
UK - Yesterdays review of how the Foot and Mouth Disease crises was handled by the government has received an array of reactions, from Hilary Benn's pride, to Jim McLaren's call for devolution....
Scotland Steps Towards Blutongue Protection
SCOTLAND - The National Beef Associaion havewelcomed a move by the Scottish government to order a batch of Bluetongue vaccines in order to ensure protection for the coming months....
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
UFU Call for Wider Bluetongue Import Ban
UK - The Ulster Farmers’ Union says the importation of all cattle, sheep and susceptible animals, which have resided in Bluetongue-restricted zones since August 1st, 2006, should be suspended until transmission routes for the disease are clarified....
Monday, March 03, 2008
New Restrictions: Bluetongue Calves in Healthy Wombs
UK - The Ulster Farmers’ Union says it supports the decision by Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew and the Northern Ireland Executive to impose new cattle and sheep import controls to protect the livestock industry from Bluetongue. ...
Friday, February 29, 2008
Livestock Import Suspension Move
UK - The Stormont executive has approved a week-long suspension of the import of breeding animals into Northern Ireland from bluetongue affected areas. ...
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