The following links are to websites we trust and are excellent sources of information.
Since NADIS was formed in 1995 it has monitored diseases in cattle, sheep and pigs across the UK, producing monthly reports to enable disease trends to be monitored
They provide numerous information sheets, listed alphabetically, for various species including
Cattle: http://www.nadis.org.uk/livestock/cattle.aspx (including excellent mastitis information)
The parasite forecast is also invaluable for up-to-the-minute information and advice: http://www.nadis.org.uk/parasite-forecast.aspx
Cryptosporidium in Calves
This link includes excellent information regarding how to disinfect sheds between batches of calves, also relevant to controlling coccidiosis: http://www.kilco.co.uk/blog/cryptosporidium-infection-in-calves/
AHDB Beef and Lamb (formerly Eblex)
AHDB Beef & Lamb is the organisation for beef and lamb levy payers in England, which exists to enhance the profitability and sustainability of the English beef and lamb sector.
Numerous factsheets are available regarding the Better Returns programme, focussing on
Selection for slaughter: http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/returns/selection-for-slaughter/
Health and Fertility: http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/returns/health-and-fertility/
Nutrition and Forage: http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/returns/nutrition-and-forage/
Systems and Costings: http://beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk/returns/systems-and-costings/
Click this link for information about how to spot and report this notifiable disease of ruminants.
Up to date information can be found on the NFU website.
In addition, APHA and the Pirbright Institute have created two videos on BTV that are available on Youtube.
- Find out about the risk of bluetongue disease spreading into the UK
- Find out more about bluetongue transmission, clinical signs & pathology
Bluetongue vaccine is currently available, at limited levels.
Updates on current disease threats can be found at on the animal and plant health agency website.