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Intervet highlights dairy and beef herd concerns

27th February 2008

Animal health specialist Intervet has highlighted its concerns about diseases affecting dairy and beef herds around the UK.

Research by the company has suggested that almost 90 per cent of all dairy herds have been exposed to bovine viral diarrhoea and that a sizable majority of dairy herds are at risk of contracting infectious bovine rhinotracheitis.

Experts at Intervet are convinced that both conditions are more common than is generally considered to be the case and could be responsible for a significant drain on meat and dairy production around the country.

Intervet’s large animal veterinary adviser Rosemary Booth told the Farmers’ Guardian: “Monitoring is a good idea, even if you think that your herd doesn’t have a problem.

“The results give you and your vet a starting point to either monitor the situation or start investigating a problem.”

In December of last year, Intervet received an order from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to supply over 22 million doses of vaccine to protect British cattle against the threat of the bluetongue virus.

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