Farmers Meet With Ministry to Discuss Disease Prevention and Cure12 November 2012
CHILE - Competitiveness and quality was the byword of a meeting between farmers and the Livestock and Agriculture Service (LAS> focusing on disease control in cattle.
A new initiative developed between farmers and the ministry includes the implementation of a pilot scheme of cattle handling in a limited number of properties, which as a whole manage 4,500 head of cattle. The farms will be tested in the scheme for carriers of Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD), using an ELISA kit antigen.
Fieldwork will be conducted mostly by ministry staff, who perform an assessment of the animals from selected farms, identifying animals that are infected, and if applicable remove the diseased cattle. Applying preventive vaccinations to healthy animals is the next step in procedure.
This programme aims to meet President Piñera's aim to improve the competitiveness in the country's livestock, a cornerstone of his plan for the Aysen region. This is a programme felt to be vital as it comes after the concerns of producers and veterinary advisors.
Bovine viral diarrhea and infectious bovine rhinotracheitis has a considerable effect on the Chilean Economy. According the Industry leaders, this programme is one of the most progressive things the LAS has set in motion. It is the view of the producers that the government is committed to farming and willing to participate with them.
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