UK: Bluetongue: 'the Worst is Over' Thanks to Farmers

UK - A 90 per cent plus take up in vaccination against the bluetongue, virus which can prove fatal to livestock has spared the county’s sheep and cattle from infection.
calendar icon 9 September 2008
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The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has praised farmers in Kent and experts believe the worst is over.

Last year the airborne virus proved a major headache for farmers with quarantine zones established and lack of movement allowed for winter grazing.

But at the start of the summer a vaccination programme was introduced by Government agency DEFRA. Around 98 per cent of Kent farms which saw in infection took up the offer with the figure for farms as a whole in excess of 90 per cent.

Source: KentNews
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