Bluetongue vaccines for sheep and cattle are now available across Great Britain, with supplies approved for use in veterinary practices, Defra has announced.

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MSD Animal Health and Zoetis are confident there is enough vaccine to meet demand. Image: ellisia / Fotolia.

With the significant risk of an outbreak towards the end of summer, as a result of infected midges being blown across the English Channel from France, vaccines have been made available by MSD Animal Health and Zoetis.

Zulvac 8 Bovis and Ovis vaccines are available now from Zoetis, while MSD is set to deliver Bluevac BTV8 – a single vaccine for both sheep and cattle – in the coming days.

Report suspicions

Claiming vaccination as “the only effective tool to prevent illness”, deputy CVO Simon Hall is encouraging farmers to talk with their vets to decide whether vaccination could help their businesses.

He said: “I am urging our livestock farmers to keep an eye out for any signs of the disease and report any suspicions to their vet and the APHA immediately, so we can work together to reduce the possible spread of bluetongue this summer.”

  • Farmers and vets who suspect bluetongue must report it immediately to the APHA on 03000 200 301.
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