Scottish Farmers Recommended to Use Bluetongue Vaccine

SCOTLAND, UK - Farmers are being encouraged to make the most of Scottish Government-funded bluetongue vaccine stocks before their expiration date on 6 November.
calendar icon 12 October 2009
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The Scottish vaccination campaign, which has been in place since November 2008, has ensured that Scottish livestock have been fully protected against the threat of bluetongue and has been highly successful.

Simon Hall, Chief Veterinary Officer for Scotland, urged farmers planning to vaccinate stock in the coming weeks to make the most of the final supplies.

Mr Hall said "It is crucial that keepers remain vigilant against this serious disease, and continue to vaccinate young animals as they reach eligible age.

"The compulsory vaccination requirements remain in place until 25 October. Those considering their vaccination plans following suspension of the compulsory requirements on 25 October should seek advice from their vet."

Livestock keepers are also urged to continue to report any suspicion of bluetongue to their local Animal Health Office, and to source animals responsibly.

The compulsory vaccination campaign which is in place for cattle and sheep states that keepers must ensure full vaccination of their animals by six months of age, or before moving from their premises at over three months of age.

As of 25 October, the programme will move into a vector free period, keepers can continue to vaccinate stock on a voluntary basis. Decisions regarding arrangements for 2010 will be decided by the end of 2009.

The vaccine available at the supported price is BTVPUR AlSap 8, from Merial Animal Health Ltd. It is available in 100ml bottles.

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