Bluetongue Restrictions Lifted
The Scottish Government has announced that restrictions regarding bluetongue will be lifted for livestock exporters from 5 July 2011.
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has welcomed the news by saying,
“This is good news for our livestock industry.”
By declaring bluetongue free status it means that animals being exported from Great Britain to other EU Bluetongue Free Countries will no longer require vaccination. Imports to Great Britain from other bluetongue zones will need to meet strict import requirements and post import testing of animals from high risk countries will also continue. It is important that livestock keepers remain vigilant against signs of the disease.
There is continued pressure for legislative change to the European Bluetongue Directive will allow vaccination in a free area.
A press release is available on the Scottish Government website - click here.