Cattle disease surveillance dashboard launched

A new interactive map highlighting cattle disease across Great Britain has been launched by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). 

It is hoped the cattle disease surveillance dashboard will echo the success of its sheep counterpart, which was launched in June.

The map shows all the diseases diagnosed in cattle across Great Britain. Users can select beef or dairy cattle, as well as pinpointing a specific area. Filters can be utilised to show diagnoses by time period and the age group of the cattle.

According to APHA: “Farmers and vets can now quickly and easily access information on the most common diagnoses in an area, or learn where specific diseases have been diagnosed. Once a view has been selected, it can be downloaded as an image to use in a document or presentation.”

The data is sourced from a diagnosis made by APHA’s Veterinary Investigation Centres across England and Wales, a network of universities and surveillance partners working with APHA, and Scotland’s Rural College Disease Surveillance Centres in Scotland.

Moving forward, avian, pig and other wildlife dashboards will be developed in the coming months.

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