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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. ...
Monday, February 25, 2008
Germany to Vaccinate Farm Animals Against Bluetongue
GERMANY - Germany announced plans Wednesday to innoculate farm animals against bluetongue disease, which is common in Mediterranean countries and has been spreading north. ...
Friday, February 22, 2008
Bluetongue Carrier Midge Appears to Prefer Cattle
UK - Updating the situation regarding bluetongue, Roger Daniels, from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Carmarthen, said there was some indication – though not to be taken for certain – that there was less likelihood of finding the virus-carrying...
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Blueprints for Bluetongue Vaccination Plan
UK - A Bluetongue vaccination plan in the UK was set out today by Hilary Benn, in a speech to the National Farmer’s Union. The plan follows further cases of the disease on a farm in Belfast, where cows had been recently culled....
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
UK Tests Prove Negative
UK - Tests for the bluetongue virus at two farms in previously unaffected areas have proved negative, Defra has said. ...
Calls for Bluetongue 'Fire Extinguisher' From NBA
UK - After welcome news yesterday that tests following suspected cases of bluetongue disease in England were likely to prove negative, there remains the question of how Scotland should approach this threat, which has the potential to cause huge disruption...
Monday, January 28, 2008
New Bluetongue Outbreak Suspected
UK - A possible new outbreak of the bluetongue virus is being investigated in animals in north-west England. The suspected cases have been found in north Shropshire and Greater Manchester and two of the animals are sheep. ...
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Planning an Effective Bluetongue Strategy
BRUSSELS, EU - A conference was held last week to discuss the current situation of Bluetongue disease in the EU and a relevant approach to any further outbreaks in the future. ...
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Bluetongue Virus Special
UK - National Farmers’ Union members were given the chance to learn more about bluetongue from some of the world’s leading scientific experts on the virus at a recent conference organised by the NFU and the Institute of Animal Health.....
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Bluetongue is Tops Topic with Minister
IRELAND, UK - The Ulster Farmers’ Union leadership team met with Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew this week to discuss progress on a number of farming issues. Protecting the Northern Ireland livestock industry from Bluetongue topped the agenda...
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Bluetongue Explosion Forecast For 2008
UK - Experts have predicted an explosion in the number of bluetongue cases in 2008, with potentially dire consequences for livestock farmers....
Friday, January 04, 2008
EU Cattle Virus Rules Questioned
UK - Bluetongue disease is the plague that every farmer in Scotland hopes will be contained south of the Border. Towards the end of last week Richard Lochhead, the cabinet secretary for rural affairs, made his position quite clear. ...
Monday, December 31, 2007
Scotland Questions Bluetongue Controls
SCOTLAND - Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has today called for an urgent review of export controls on bluetongue susceptible animals to prevent the virus spreading....
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Bluetongue Vaccine Strategy Critical
UK - NFU Scotland has stressed the importance of Defra developing a coherent bluetongue vaccination strategy over the Winter, ahead of the disease’s likely re-emergence next year and the production of the first vaccine to fight it. ...
Monday, December 17, 2007
Imported Animal Carried Bluetongue
UK - Defra today announced that Bluetongue virus has been detected in an imported cow on a premises near Middlesbrough which is outside the existing Bluetongue Protection and Surveillance Zones. animal was later culled. ...
Friday, November 16, 2007
EU Set To Battle Bluetongue Virus Well Into 2008
EU - Bluetongue, the viral disease that has ravaged northern Europe's cattle and sheep this year, looks set to persist well into 2008 when the only realistic weapon left to fight it will be a vaccine, farming sources say....
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Tender Issued for BT Vaccine Bank
UK - A tender for a Bluetongue vaccine bank is to be issued by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. ...
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