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Mild Weather Warning for Livestock Producers

22 April 2009

WALES, UK - Mild spring temperatures mean that the need to vaccinate livestock against bluetongue is now “critical”, said Wales’ chief veterinary officer.

Dr Christianne Glossop issued the stark warning after temperatures hit 15˚C, a key temperature which is recognised to raise midge activity and enable the bluetongue virus to replicate.

“The mild conditions are perfect for bringing out midges and allowing the bluetongue virus to flourish. All susceptible animals are under increasing risk of infection, including those farmed in upland areas,” she said, adding that some farmers are playing a risky game by waiting until the disease is found closer to their own farm.

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Source: MeatInfo


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