Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Shortage of Louping Ill Vaccine

This vaccine is essential to protect sheep from the Louping Ill virus, which is transmitted by sheep ticks. The Scottish Farmer on 24 March included an article which described the current shortage of vaccine. Current indications are that the vaccine will not be available until October, and this will mean that it is not possible for most farmers to vaccinate their sheep against this disease, this year. while this may be unavoidable to maintain the quality of the vaccine, it is unacceptable for sheep farmers to be left in the lurch like this, and it will break the continuity of the attack on Louping Ill which is essential for farms trying to eradicate this disease.

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