DAIRYCO and Eblex have joined forces in a campaign aiming to tackle bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) and sheep scab.
The 15-month project will start with “train the trainer” events for vets to raise awareness and show best practice in diagnosis, prevalence and treatment. Consultants ADAS will deliver the sheep scab part of the project and XLVets will lead on BVD.
Vets who go through the training will work locally with farmers on disease control programmes, which will include looking at diagnostics and treatments targeted at specific areas.
Ray Keatinge, DairyCo head of research and development, said: “A number of local and regional BVD control initiatives have already been taking place in England. The aim of this project is to draw from existing and previous work to provide more national coverage.
“The ultimate aim of this collaborative approach is to promote positive changes to on-farm practices in how we tackle BVD and scab.”
Clive Brown, Eblex northern senior regional manager, said: “This is a great opportunity to tackle both of these diseases which have a debilitating effect on not only the livestock themselves, but the overall profitability of the industry.”
The scheme has received £567,000 in funding from Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Skills and Knowledge Transfer Framework.
It is estimated that BVD costs the UK beef and dairy industries around £40m annually and scab costs the sheep industry around £8.3m each year.