Dairy UK Shows Support for Bluetongue Campaign

UK - Dairy UK has shown its support for the UK National Farming Union JAB campaign against Bluetongue, launched in March. The campaign runs with the slogan ‘Don’t Hesitate, Vaccinate’.
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The organisation say that they are calling on farmers in England and Wales to ensure they vaccinate their sheep and cattle against Bluetongue to prevent the disease from spreading this summer.

'The midges that carry the disease from one animal to another are returning as the weather warms up for spring, which means the clock is now ticking for farmers to buy and administer the vaccine.

'Up to 22.5 million doses will become available from mid-May onwards and the JAB campaign aims to make sure that more than 80% of beef and sheep farmers use them.'

If this critical threshold is reached, then scientists say the disease will not spread widely in the UK.

Other JAB supporters include the NFU, National Sheep Association, National Beef Association, Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, British Veterinary Association, Country Land and Business Association, Tenant Farmers Association, Livestock Auctioneers Association, British Meat Processors Association, Association of Independent Meat Suppliers, British Cattle Veterinary Association and the Sheep Veterinary Society.

Further Reading

       - You can visit our Bluetongue information page by clicking here.
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