Conference to discuss bluetongue

NFU members are being given the chance to learn more about bluetongue from some of the world's leading scientific experts on the virus at a one-day conference organised by the NFU and the Institute of Animal Health.

The invitation-only conference, on 17 January at the IAH laboratory at Compton, Newbury, Berkshire, will cover how bluetongue arrived in the country last year, how it spread, the impact of the virus on livestock, vaccination, the control strategy, and what producers can expect in 2008.

NFU President Peter Kendall said: "This is an excellent opportunity for NFU members from all over the country to ask questions direct to the people who really know the science. This is a new disease for us and livestock producers need to know everything they can about it.

"The research that goes on at the IAH is essential for the sustainability of the British livestock sectors as we face significant disease challenges. We strongly believe there must be full and lasting commitment from Government to funding science and research for agriculture, such as that at IAH."

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