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Friday 12th February 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell
Editor


MSD Animal Health

UK Farmers Warned of Bluetongue Risk as French Outbreaks Continue

Farmers in the UK are being urged to monitor their stock carefully following the ongoing presence of Bluetongue Disease in France.

The advice to report any clinical signs of disease immediately comes as the latest risk assessment from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) published today reveals the UK is at risk of an outbreak during the spring or summer months, with an outbreak in late summer rated the most likely.

This would be the result of infected midges being blown across from France to the South East of England.

The risk of an incursion in the UK is highly dependent on the level of disease on the continent, the proximity to the UK of cases in the rest of Europe and the weather, including temperature and wind direction. 

Restriction zones are already in place in France to control the spread of the disease, and if Bluetongue were to be found circulating in the UK, similar measures such as movement restrictions would be put in place - click here to read more.

Six new outbreaks of the disease were reported in France recently, in the Puy-de-Dôme region.

The infected cattle were identified through analytical surveillance, as part of France's Bluetongue response efforts - read more.

In other disease news, bovine TB research has received a £7 million boost with the announcement of newly-funded projects looking at control and eradication of the disease - read more.



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Conquering the Great Outdoors: Outwintering Replacement Heifers
Outwintering dairy animals can reduce total feed costs by 20 to 30 per cent on dairy farms. However, the success of the system requires farmers to pay close attention to animal performance writes Dr Stephen Whelan, Research and Development manager for nutrition at AHDB Dairy.

Company News

Innovative Vaccine for Calf Pneumonia Gives Lifetime Health and Financial Benefits
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Global Dairy Industry News

   United States

Dairy Farm Waste Treatment May Not Remove All Pollutants
US Farm Income Forecast Suggests More Hard Times Ahead

   United Kingdom

Bovine TB Control Gets £7 Million Research Boost
Survey Results Show Flood Damage Cost Cumbria Farmers Thousands
Welfare Research Can Influence Change, Lead to On-farm Solutions
UK Farmers Warned of Bluetongue Risk as French Outbreaks Continue
What Are Implications of Brexit for UK Food and Agriculture?
Mild Winter Increases Fluke Risk in UK Sheep, Cattle
Nestle, First Milk Looking for New Leaders in Dairy
Farmers Warned to Dispose of Plastic Waste Carefully or Risk Huge Fines
Busting Myths and Misunderstandings Over Antibiotic Resistance and Regulations
Waitrose Pledges at Least 100 Days on Pasture for Dairy Cows

   European Union

Antibiotic-Resistant Foodborne Pathogens Continue to Spread in EU
EU, Colombia to Increase Trade in Organic Products
EU Crop Sowing Figures Good News for Animal Producers

   Australia

Keeping Dry Cows Cool Promotes Herd Productivity, Research Shows

   New Zealand

Success of Organic Milk Prompts Market-Linked Price from Fonterra

   Global

Food Insecurity in South Sudan Exacerbated by Livestock Raids
Latest Bluetongue Reports: New Outbreaks in France, Austria, Ecuador
Global Milk Production Declined Slightly in November

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