The opening of livestock markets is welcome by all. However
as livestock start to move again in the next few weeks, Brian
Hosie, SAC Veterinary Manager urges that there is still a need
for vigilance, and biosecurity measures need to be in place to
reduce the risk of disease in flocks and herds.
“There is a considerable backlog of stock to move through
the marketing system. Farmers should review their own farm’s
quarantine and biosecurity arrangements now.” says Brian.
“With the heavy pressure on all stages of the marketing
system at this time, farmers must adopt a planned approach for
incoming stock. There is a greater risk that diseases such as BVD
and pneumonia in cattle and sheep scab will spread in the coming
weeks, with so many stock on the move.”
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