Farmers reminded of bluetongue threat

The Welsh agricultural community has been urged by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) to remain vigilant of animal welfare, in the aftermath of reported bluetongue outbreaks in France. 

“HCC is encouraging producers to stay alert and keep the UK clear of the virus,” said James Ruggeri, HCC’s industry development executive.

“We should treat any opinion that this is a ‘low impact’ disease with extreme caution, as while there may be some residual immunity in France, we do not believe that is the case here.”

To cope with the outbreak, the French government has created a bluetongue virus serotype 8 (BTV8) restriction zone and made it compulsory for any exiting stock to comply with pre-movement vaccination stipulations to restrict the disease.

“It is important that producers in potentially vulnerable areas are aware of the risk of bluetongue and take measures to protect their stock,” added Ruggeri.

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