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Vaccination Vital to Keep Rare Breeds Alive

14 July 2008

UK - Keepers of rare and traditional breeds of susceptible animals in the Bluetongue Protection Zone in England and Wales were urged today to contact their vets to arrange urgent vaccination of their animals.

Professor Geoff Simm, Chair of the National Standing Committee on Farm Animal Genetic Resources said:


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"It is a vital step in helping to protect our rich heritage of livestock breeds"
Professor Geoff Simm, Chair of the National Standing Committee on Farm Animal Genetic Resources

“We are concerned that some keepers of rare and traditional breeds, especially those with smaller flocks and herds, may not have heard the vaccination message. It is a vital step in helping to protect our rich heritage of livestock breeds, therefore we are also urging vets to contact their clients with these breeds to encourage them to vaccinate.

“Protecting biodiversity in our farm animals and crops is important to help us meet future challenges, including that of feeding the growing human population in a sustainable way. We also have important national and international obligations to do so. Exotic diseases pose a particular threat to our Farm Animal Genetic Resources, both to rare breeds and to elite herds and flocks of mainstream breeds”.

The UK has one of the richest Farm Animal Genetic Resources in the developed world, with over 130 native breeds of poultry, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses and ponies, of which around 100 are at risk of extinction.

Further Reading

- You can visit our Bluetongue information page by clicking here.

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