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  • Re: First UK Bluetongue outbreaks of the summer

    There really can be no excuse for not vaccinating now. Stock could come from central/southern France right into northern England and carry BT with them. Thankfully in this case it was BTV8, but next time it could easily be BTV1 which is also circulating in the south of France and that would be a completely...
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by top tup on Wed, Aug 27 2008
  • Re: Bluetongue vaccine ordering

    All done this morning, didn't bother with sterimatic, just changed needles at the end of every pen. Although I had the vet in to do some which may be heading to Scotland, Wales and N Ireland and he used Sterimatic (his first time with one) and it seemed to work ok. Thnakfully we had just under 100...
    Posted to Livestock Lines (Forum) by top tup on Wed, May 7 2008
  • Re: Bluetongue vaccine ordering

    SJK, best bet is not to have it all at once unless you're going to use it all in one go. We're vaccinating tomorrow, so I guess your vaccine will be along shortly if you've not already had "the call" already! Best of luck with it, here's hoping it all goes to plan. Jonathan...
    Posted to Livestock Lines (Forum) by top tup on Tue, May 6 2008
  • Re: Bluetongue videos and pictures

    Thanks for the praise, I have to say I don't deserve all the credit, our photographer/video man Jonathan Page is the real artist on this one and has done an excellent on pulling it together. Cheers, Jonathan
    Posted to Livestock Lines (Forum) by top tup on Fri, Apr 25 2008
  • Re: Bluetongue vaccine ordering

    Hopefully, anyone wanting to have their stock certified as vaccinated shouldn't actually need to have their stock vaccinated by the vet, just have a vet "supervise" the vaccination. I'm not entirely sure what form this supervision may take, but it may be that they have to watch the...
    Posted to Livestock Lines (Forum) by top tup on Fri, Apr 25 2008
  • Bluetongue videos and pictures

    For all of you wanting more information on bluetongue we've put together three short videos covering the disease symptoms and its prevention and treatment, vaccine gun choice and use and finally practical vaccination tips. Much of it is new information related exclusively to bluetongue vaccination...
    Posted to Livestock Lines (Forum) by top tup on Thu, Apr 24 2008
  • Re: Bluetongue vaccine ordering

    A beacon of hope is rapidly emerging today with suggestions from informed sources within the DEFRA stakeholder group that bluetongue vaccine will become available in the protection zone as early as next week. DEFRA haven't confirmed it yet, but aren't denying it either. With no cases of "new"...
    Posted to Livestock Lines (Forum) by top tup on Wed, Apr 23 2008
  • Re: Bluetongue vaccine ordering

    I take it you've placed an order then Peter? The prices your vet is quoting are in line with the DEFRA recommended prices, although the 50ml pack price is at the lower end and the 20ml pack price at the top end! His estimate of mid-June to July is interesting and may yet be proved right, although...
    Posted to Livestock Lines (Forum) by top tup on Wed, Apr 16 2008
  • Bluetongue vaccine ordering

    According to this week's FWi poll about half the livestock farmers responding haven't yet ordered any bluetongue vaccine. So, who are they and why aren't they telling their vets how much vaccine they're likely to need. It may only be a rough guess for many farms at the moment, but getting...
    Posted to Livestock Lines (Forum) by top tup on Wed, Apr 16 2008
  • Re: New bluetongue cases in western England

    It seems there may be good news on the way on this story. We've been told off the record that a second batch of tests have returned negative results for bluetongue and so no further movement restrrictions will be imposed. This does of course raise questions about the quality of the testing being...
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by top tup on Mon, Jan 28 2008
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