|Farmers should act now to avoid ‘feeling blue’ this autumn|
Bluetongue vaccines for sheep & cattle are now available across Britain, with supplies approved for use in vet practices. There is a high risk of an outbreak of Bluetongue (BTV-8) towards the end of the summer as a result of infected midges being blown across the English Channel from France, where the disease is present.
The disease affects all ruminants, but particularly cattle & sheep. It poses no threat to human health and does not affect meat, milk or other animal products. Vaccination is the best way to protect Britain’s livestock, and farmers are being encouraged to talk to their vets to decide if the vaccine could help their businesses.