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  • Re: Vaccination for bluetongue - who is doing what?

    [quote user="Jacobus"] Anybody know what vaccines will be available this year? Still just BTV8 or a combined BTv1 & BTv8? [/quote] Will just be BTV8 this year Jacobus, there's no BTV1 vaccine licensed for UK use and we're not allowed to use it as there have been no BTV1 cases here...
    Posted to Livestock Lines (Forum) by top tup on Fri, Feb 26 2010
  • Re: Vaccination for bluetongue - who is doing what?

    [quote user="welshnwilling"]The disease was only found in imported animals ( I stand to be corrected ) and I think we were tricked ( and blackmailed ) into panic buying hundreds of pounds worth of un-saleable vaccine last year without cause. Thankfully there were no outbrakes. I don't recall...
    Posted to Livestock Lines (Forum) by top tup on Tue, Feb 9 2010

    Here's the latest news we have on the BTv1 outbreak: More follows as we get it.
    Posted to Livestock Lines (Forum) by caroline stocks on Wed, Nov 26 2008

    We need to ponder. Are these bluetongue infected animals (sheep/cattle) symptomatic or a-symptomatic? The Bluetongue vaccine does not prevent infection, only reduces/prevents symptoms? Hence these 'cases' may be in vaccinated animals. Vaccinated animals will have a virus load, although lower...
    Posted to Livestock Lines (Forum) by docrock on Fri, Aug 29 2008
  • Re: BLUETONGuE Just what we didn't want to hear.
    Posted to Livestock Lines (Forum) by Ian Ashbridge on Wed, Aug 27 2008
  • Tesco's Blue Tongue Corridor

    Heard a rumour from a usually unimpeachable source that DEFRA are keeping an access corridor BT control free down the west coast so that in the worst case scenario Tesco can get access to scottish livestock. Not sure how the logic of this works, any ideas anyone?
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by hareley farmer on Thu, Jul 10 2008
  • Cost of bluetongue vaccinations

    A couple of people have raised concerns that they are being over-charged by vets for their bluetongue vaccinations. DEFRA initially said the vaccines should cost £27.50-£33.00 for the 50ml bottles (55-66p per ml) and about £16.35-£19.65 for the 20ml bottles (82-98p per ml) plus VAT, to cover the overhead...
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by caroline stocks on Tue, Jul 1 2008
  • Do DEFRA employees deserve a higher pay increase?

    DEFRA employees are to vote on possible strike action, after rejecting a pay offer which equates to just 2.9% overall. In light of the 'triple whammy' of disease the industry has faced with foot and mouth, bluetongue and avian flu, union members are arguing this is a 'sorry reward' for...
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by emily on Mon, Nov 26 2007
  • Re: Foot-and-mouth - latest developments including overnight news

    The Tory Party has issued a list of quite useful questions which it says DEFRA now needs to answer: Why hasn't Hilary Benn made a statement to the House of Commons? Is there any link between the leaking pipe revealed today and the original outbreak? How many inspections, and what was inspected, by...
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by Isabel Davies on Thu, Nov 22 2007
  • Foot and mouth/ bluetongue control zones - a bit of humour

    I thought you might enjoy this piece written by FW columnist Stephen Carr. It is his alternative guide to all the restrictions in place. "You may have found the latest DEFRA announcements concerning changes to foot-and-mouth movement restrictions rather confusing. Always ready to assist my farming...
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by Isabel Davies on Fri, Nov 16 2007
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