CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Country Smallholding today CLICK HERE

Dutch vet gives Bluetongue warning to UK

PUBLISHED: 14:05 28 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:24 28 March 2014

APRIL 28, 2008: A Dutch vet and farmer has toured the UK warning of the devastating effects of Bluetongue and stressed how vital it is to vaccinate.

Marco Verhoef said: “It’s going to come back, and in the second year it spreads quickly – up to 10km a day – and you can expect a similar pattern in the UK this year.

“It was a complete surprise that the disease spread as quickly as it did. We first saw it on one of the dairy farms we look after and within two or three weeks it had spread across the whole area. A thousand farms were infected in the space of a month.”

The experiences of farmers and vets on the continent will be key in encouraging farmers in the UK to vaccinate their stock.

Mr Verhoef said: “We didn’t have a vaccination. There was nothing we could do apart from show the animals tender loving care and try to see them through the infection.

“There will be a vaccine this year so we will have protection like in the UK and hopefully we can control the spread of this disease.”

0 comments

Interact with other smallholders and post your questions

Visit our forums


More from Land

Friday, September 7, 2018

Although Britain’s record-breaking heatwave has now been broken by rain storms, the impact of the prolonged tinderbox dry summer following a longer than usual winter is likely to continue throughout this year and into next, writes Kim Stoddart

Read more
September 2018
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Ask the experts: during the hot weather, here’s how to preserve dwindling water supplies

Read more
August 2018
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Debbie Kingsley outlines what smallholders-in-waiting need to consider when buying their first property

Read more
August 2018
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Liz Shankland continues her guide to improving herd productivity, this time investigating the importance

Read more
August 2018
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The long run of sunshine and dry days of summer 2018 is impacting smallholders and their livestock and crops

Read more
August 2018
Monday, July 9, 2018

Our guide to getting your lice and mite treatment up to scratch

Read more
July 2018
Monday, July 9, 2018

Debbie Kingsley outlines the rules and regulations for smallholdings. This month: medicine records and fallen stock

Read more
July 2018
Monday, July 9, 2018

The countryside is not immune to crime - in fact, it’s increasing

Read more
July 2018
Monday, April 9, 2018

Jack Smellie looks at what to do when lambing and kidding doesn’t go to plan

Read more
April 2018
Monday, April 9, 2018

Smallholder Tim Tyne advises on the treatment of lambs which are hypothermic

Read more
April 2018

Most Read

Newsletter Sign Up

Country Smallholding monthly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

This Year’s Shows

Country Smallholding cover image

Don’t miss our comprehensive guide to rural events

Find out more

Like us on Facebook


Follow us on Twitter