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Monday, October 08, 2007
Diseases Devastate British Producers
UK - The spread of infectious diseases in England has devastated the livestock industry there. A combination of ongoing concerns over foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and now, bluetongue, has resulted in multiple quarantines and bans on shipments of beef...
Friday, October 05, 2007
Whole Country May Be Bluetongue Zone
UK - The Government and livestock industry are discussing the possibility of turning the whole of England or Great Britain into one Bluetongue Protection Zone....
Extend Bluetongue Zone Plea
US - Five more cases of bluetongue disease were confirmed on farms in East Anglia yesterday bringing the total in the country's first outbreak to 24. ...
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Bluetongue crisis ravaged northern Europe
EU - When Germany confirmed its first case of bluetongue last year it proved to be the beginning of a massive animal health crisis on the Continent. ...
Kansas Begs For Caution, Not Fear Of Bluetongue
MANHATTAN -- Livestock producers in the United States should be cautious but not overly fearful of bluetongue virus, according to a veterinary laboratory director at Kansas State University. ...
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
'Trapped' Sheep Could Face Cull
UK - Tens of thousands of sheep from a breed only produced in Kent and East Sussex could be culled because of restrictions on moving them. Farmers said 100,000 Romney sheep were trapped on the marsh because it falls on the wrong side of the bluetongue...
Monday, October 01, 2007
Consequences Of Bluetongue Would Be Serious
UK - With a fifth case of Bluetongue confirmed in the East of England, the Ulster Farmers’ Union has urged local farmers to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of the disease and be vigilant. ...
Saturday, September 29, 2007
France 'fighting bluetongue outbreak'
FRANCE - France is fighting an outbreak of the livestock virus bluetongue disease, and there have been 2,246 cases, the French Agriculture Ministry said....
Bluetongue outbreak spreads into Portugal
PORTUGAL - More than 40 farms in southern Portugal are believed to have been infected by bluetongue disease, eight days after the first case was reported, authorities said....
Bluetongue 'no immediate threat' to Scottish Farmers
SCOTLAND - Scottish farms face no immediate danger from the bluetongue virus, according to the country's chief vet. ...
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Farmers Braced For Bluetongue To Escalate Into An Outbreak
UK - Farmers’ leaders are convinced that Britain is facing a full-blown outbreak of the bluetongue virus. ...
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
New Virus 'Could Shut Down Our Livestock Industry'
UK - Bluetongue disease would have a far greater impact on the country than foot and mouth -- effectively shutting down the country's livestock industry - Agriculture Minister Mary Coughlan said yesterday....
Farmers Horrified By Third Case Of Bluetongue In Norfolk
UK - The danger that the midge-born disease bluetongue will take hold in Britain appeared to increase last night after vets confirmed that a third animal had been diagnosed with the disease. ...
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Second Case Of Bluetongue Found In Suffolk
SUFFOLK - A second cow has tested positive for bluetongue at the rare breeds farm where the UK's first case of the disease was discovered, raising the nightmare for farmers of the infection spreading across Britain....
Monday, September 24, 2007
Brussels hoping for new bluetongue vaccine next year
BRUSSELS — The EU Commission hopes for a vaccine next year to protect farms against the bluetongue strain moving northwards through Europe, and is planning rule changes to help, a spokesman said Monday. ...
Bluetongue Makes Farmers’ Fears for Their Industry
UK - Farmers are anxiously waiting to learn whether a Highland cow found to be suffering from the midge-borne disease bluetongue is a one-off case caused by an insect travelling across the North Sea from northern Europe...
The Rise Of Bluetongue Disease
UK - Bluetongue is a mysterious disease, with no suitable vaccine, but there are still reasons for optimism for British farmers, despite the case at a Suffolk farm. ...
Sunday, September 23, 2007
First UK Bluetongue case detected in Suffolk
UK - Defra have confirmed that laboratory tests have detected the presence of Bluetongue in one cow on a premises near Ipswich, Suffolk, dealing another blow to beleaguered cattle and sheep farmers, already suffering as a result of the foot and mouth...
Friday, September 21, 2007
New outbreaks of Bluetongue sheep virus in France, restricted zone widened
PARIS - The Bluetongue virus, which primarily affects sheep, is spreading across France with a total of 36 recorded cases, and the area in which the movement of live ruminants is restricted has been extended to cover 17 regional departments, announced...
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
N.D. Livestock Producers Warned of Bluetongue
US - North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock specialists are warning producers to protect their sheep and cattle against bluetongue, a viral, insect-transmitted disease. ...
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Scottish Livestock Vigilance Over Bluetongue Back
UK - Scotland’s farmers are being urged to be on guard for a serious animal disease that has re-emerged in the Northern Europe. Bluetongue, an insect-borne disease which affects sheep in particular, has spread into some previously unaffected areas...
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Bluetongue Outbreak To Disrupt Calf Exportation
NETHERLANDS - Persistent problems with the viral disease bluetongue is continuing to disrupt calf exports to the continent....
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Revised Bluetongue Control Strategy Published
UK - Defra has today published a revised Bluetongue Disease Control Strategy for the UK. ...
Friday, August 17, 2007
Northern Europe Sees Big Rise In Bluetongue
BELGIUM - France and the Netherlands have confirmed there has been a big increase in the number of bluetongue disease cases, as a result of warmer weather....
Monday, August 13, 2007
African Virus To Heap More Misery On British Farmers
UK - Farmers hoping the foot and mouth outbreak has been contained face a new threat from a virus that could kill millions of sheep....
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Millions Of Midges To Be Trapped
UK - Scientists are to collect millions of midges in the hope of stopping the spread of a virus which could wipe out herds of cattle. Outbreaks of the bluetongue virus, which can also kill flocks of sheep and other ruminants, have been recorded in Germany,...
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Bluetongue Back To Wreak Havok In EU, But Will Britain Get A Taste?
UK - The German National Reference Laboratory for Bluetongue reported in June that bluetongue virus has re-emerged on a German cattle farm that was positive for the virus last year....
Monday, June 25, 2007
Development In Germany Heightens Concern That Bluetongue Virus May Come To UK
FARMING UK - The German National Reference Laboratory for Bluetongue has reported that bluetongue virus has re-emerged on a German cattle farm that was positive for the virus last year....
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