Infectious disease control is an area that has long been neglected in UK ruminant livestock farming. The twin pressures of TB and production diseases such as mastitis and lameness have meant that infectious disease wasn't systematically addressed.
Fortunately, this is about to change. You may have read Gethin's last newsletter outlining details of the National Johne's Management Plan. The next focus is on BVD, with a national campaign for eradication in England which will complement programmes already underway in Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Read more in the latest newsletter from Ed Bailey.