British cattle and sheep farmers have been at the forefront of managing exotic and emerging disease outbreaks over the last few years, with Foot and Mouth Disease followed by the Bluetongue and Schmallenberg viruses.
The NFU is hosting a free event for members which will see leading scientists and researchers from the Institute of Animal Health talking exclusively about disease challenges, threats and solutions facing the livestock sector.
The morning session will provide a unique opportunity to hear from the world-class experts about the Culicoides midge; responsible for the spread of BTV and almost certainly SBV.
There will be ample time to discuss management options going into the new breeding season, as well as a sharing of practical experiences with other farmers from the audience.
After lunch, the programme looks at two of the most impactful farm livestock diseases: Foot and Mouth Disease and Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus.
FMD is one of the most feared livestock diseases due in part to the ferocity of control measures.
By studying the ways in which FMD can spread, and understanding the immune responses of affected animals, we can identify new and more effective ways to control the risks, and manage any future outbreaks.
The IAH is leading the way.
Respiratory disease in young calves is a major animal welfare problem, affecting almost 1.9 million calves in the UK each year at a cost of £54 million.
BRSV is one of the most important primary viral causes of respiratory disease in young calves in the UK, so is an appropriate topic to include in this event.
The event is open to NFU members but places are limited so get your registration in by Monday 30th July.
Further details and the registration form are available here.
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