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Wednesday, March 04, 2009
The Emerging EU Disease Threat
UK - The UK is threatened by a large number of emerging livestock diseases and controlling them will take a co-ordinated European and international approach....
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
JAB Campaign Keeps Up Pace for 2009
UK - Take advantage and vaccinate your animals before turning them out to protect them from the threat of bluetongue. This is the message from the JAB campaign which aims to keep up the pressure on livestock farmers to vaccinate for the coming season....
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Remote Farms Gain Extension to Vaccination Deadline
UK - NFU Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to extend the compulsory Bluetongue vaccination deadline for some of Scotland’s most remote livestock farmers....
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Further Strain in Belgium
BELGIUM - The UK Institute for Animal Health (IAH), as the Bluetongue Reference Laboratory for the EU and OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health), has demonstrated that a cow in the Flanders region of Belgium had been infected with bluetongue virus...
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Cymru Fear Return to Circulation
WALES, UK - Livestock Board Chairman, Ed Rees, reminded farmers of the continued threat of bluetongue (serotype 8 – BTV8) to cattle and sheep at yesterdays NFU Cymru’s Livestock Board meeting. ...
Friday, February 06, 2009
France Gets Set for Bluetongue
FRANCE - The French Agriculture Ministry has reported that it has enough blue tongue vaccine stock to treat 2.5 million cattle and 2.3 million small ruminants....
Nationwide Bluetongue Vaccination Campaign for Cattle, Sheep and Goats Starts Now in Denmark
DENMARK - More than 1.5 million animals must now be vaccinated against bluetongue. This is an extension of last year's comprehensive campaign. As in 2008, vaccination of cattle, sheep and goats is obligatory...
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Import Threat from Belgium
UK - NFU Scotland is deeply concerned by reports that cattle from Belgium will shortly be arriving in the North of England. ...
Monday, February 02, 2009
Scottish Livestock Producers Unite to Protect Industry
UK - NFU Scotland is today praising Scottish livestock producers for their joint efforts to keep the country free of Bluetongue disease....
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Wales Launch Vaccination Strategy
UK - Farmers in Wales should get ready now to vaccinate their livestock against Bluetongue, the Welsh Assembly Government has said as it launches the Bluetongue vaccination strategy for 2009 ....
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Rapid Test Gets Licensing Agreement
UK - The Institute of Animal Health has entered into a worldwide exclusive partnership with QIAGEN N.V., which will bring their novel molecular assay design for bluetongue onto the market in 2009....
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Battle of Britain: Developments on Bluetongue
UK - As Defra mulls over the details of the EU’s latest plan to overhaul its bluetongue control strategy, Jack Davies looks at how the proposals could affect the UK....
Friday, December 19, 2008
Questions Raised as More Cattle Test Positive
UK - DEFRA has confirmed another case of bluetongue from cattle imported from France, this time in a batch of 12 cattle on a farm near Crewe....
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Defra Concerned Over Bluetongue Complacency
UK - The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), will continue to promote voluntary vaccination against Bluetongue serotype 8 (BTV 8), Jane Kennedy announced today....
Friday, December 12, 2008
EU Allow Preemptive Vaccination
EU - The European Commission’s decision to allow pre-emptive vaccination against bluetongue in countries where the disease has still to be confirmed mirrors ideas put forward in an EU-wide website petition, organised by the National Beef Association’s...
Friday, December 05, 2008
Unions Reiterate Call for UK Import Ban
UK - The leaders of the NFU, NFU Cymru, NFU Scotland and the Ulster Farmers' Union today jointly reiterated the call for a suspension of live cattle and sheep imports from infected areas in Continental Europe because of the threat of bluetongue....
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Dutch Opt for Voluntary Bluetongue Vaccination
NETHERLANDS - The Dutch agriculture ministry has decided on a voluntary vaccination programme against bluetongue next year....
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
EU Vets to Discuss Bluetongue Import Ban
EU - European vets are set to meet today to discuss plans to re-vamp Europe's bluetongue controls, opening the door for countries to impose import bans from areas where disease is circulating....
NBA Get Serious Over BVD Eradication
UK - The National Beef Association has called for a more serious approach to BVD eradication because BVD PIs may spread Bluetongue even in vaccinated herds....
Friday, November 28, 2008
BTV1 Confirmed in St Augustine
FRANCE - The confirmation of a first case of FCO BTV1 in St. Augustine in the department of Charente-Maritime causes a change in the zone BTV 1 and 8 in the department of the Vendee. ...
Bluetongue: Enough is Enough
UK - So FG has an outbreak of bluetongue almost on the doorstep of its offices. And even more worryingly, it is of the new BTV1 strain, for which there is currently no vaccine in the UK....
Thursday, November 27, 2008
BTV1 is a Warning to UK Importers
UK - The Ulster Farmers’ Union says the detection of the BTV1 strain of Bluetongue in Northern England is a significant warning to local farmers not to put the industry at disease risk through animal imports....
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
NFU Calls for Import Suspension
UK - The National Farmers Union has today called for the Government and the cattle and sheep industry in Great Britain to stand together and suspend imports of cattle and sheep from areas where Bluetongue is known to be circulating in light of news that...
Bluetongue by Blackpool: Serotype One Detected
UK - Defra yesterday announced the detection of Bluetongue (Serotype 1) (BTV1) in five imported cattle on a premises near Blackpool in Lancashire....
Friday, November 21, 2008
Import Ban? Bluetongue Tally Hits 40
UK - Farmers across the UK have been urged to stop importing livestock from Northern Europe after post-import tests confirmed bluetongue has once again been brought into England....
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tighter Controls to Halt Bluetongue
UK - Increased controls to prevent the spread of bluetongue virus across Europe have been welcomed by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead....
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Scottish Union Calls for Import Ban
SCOTLAND, UK - NFU Scotland has used a major one-day livestock event to urge all producers in the UK to ban imports from Northern Europe until such times as bluetongue disease is seen to be under control and Europe has put tougher movement restrictions...
Monday, November 10, 2008
Bluetongue Helpline for Scotland
SCOTLAND, UK - Information road shows and a helpline have been set up to help farmers comply with the compulsory bluetongue vaccination programme....
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