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Battle of Britain: Developments on Bluetongue

14 January 2009

UK - As Defra mulls over the details of the EU’s latest plan to overhaul its bluetongue control strategy, Jack Davies looks at how the proposals could affect the UK.

News that bluetongue serotype 1 (BTV1) had been confirmed on a UK farm last month sent shockwaves through the industry, prompting calls for imports from the continent to be banned and for farmers in the UK to start vaccinating before it arrives again.

Until last week, such proposals could be dismissed as wishful thinking, with EU rules preventing import bans and also stopping farmers from vaccinating against any new strains.

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Source: Farmers Guardian


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