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Wednesday 8th June 2016.
Alice Mitchell - TheBeefSite Editor

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MSD Animal Health

Bluetongue Vaccine to be Available in UK by Mid-July

With an 80 per cent chance that the bluetongue virus will reach the south of the country later this summer, MSD Animal Health has moved quickly to ensure a vaccine is available by mid-July 2016 to help British cattle farmers and vets prevent the disease securing a foothold in the UK.

The company has signed an agreement with respected Spanish-based veterinary biopharmaceutical specialist CZ Veterinaria S.A. (CZV) to distribute its BLUEVAC BTV8 bluetongue vaccine throughout Great Britain. BLUEVAC BTV8 is an established vaccine, having been used in Europe for a number of years.

John Atkinson, MSD Animal Health vet and Technical Manager, commented: “Conveniently, BLUEVAC BTV8 is licensed for both cattle and sheep, and can be used during pregnancy. All animals should be given a primary course of two injections under the skin, three weeks apart. The immunity afforded by the vaccine lasts for a year after completion of the primary course.”

Welcoming the news, National Farmers Union livestock chairman Charles Sercombe said: “This is really welcome news for the industry and we strongly urge farmers to discuss vaccination with their vet in order to fully understand the risk to their business considering their system and geography. These conversations should be ongoing because as the situation in France and mainland Europe changes the risk will change in the UK.

“We are calling on manufacturers and vets to be clear on the vaccine pricing and availability. Farmers will base decisions on whether to vaccinate on a number of factors, with price and availability featuring highly.”

In other news, China has confirmed that it is lifting its import ban on bovine genetic material from Denmark, France, Germany and United Kingdom.

In May 2012, China introduced an import ban on imports of bovine semen, bovine embryo, ovine semen and ovine embryo produced after 1 June 2011 from several EU countries, referring to an alleged risk of Schmallenberg virus.

This measure went beyond the international standards set by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), which considers that the virus does not meet the OIE requirements for setting an international standard, meanings therefore that trade measures for this disease are not required.

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Company News

MSD Animal Health to Present Important New Data at the World Buiatrics Congress
UK - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) will present 45 studies at the World Buiatrics Congress in Dublin, Ireland, from July 3-8, 2016.
Bluetongue Vaccine Available from MSD Animal Health
UK - With an 80 per cent chance that the bluetongue virus will reach the south of the country later this summer, MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the US and Canada) has moved quickly to ensure a vaccine is available to help British farmers and vets prevent the disease securing a foothold in the UK.
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Global Beef Industry News


China Lifts Ban on Bovine, Ovine Products from Denmark, France, Germany and UK

   United Kingdom

Farmers Signed Up to Project to Select Beef Cattle for Feed Efficiency
Bluetongue Vaccine Availability is Great News for British Farmers
New Simplified Beef, Sheep Meat Inspection Conditions Introduced


International Beef Export Opportunities Slowly Open Up for Southern Africa
Global Food Prices Rose in May with Small Gains for Dairy

   United States

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