DEFRA is urging farmers to be vigilant for signs of bluetongue this spring and summer, and report any suspicions of the disease, following the recent publication of a risk assessment suggesting that the UK could be at risk of an outbreak this year. The virus is currently circulating in France, and may arrive in the UK via infected midges being blown across the channel.
Current estimates put the risk of a disease incursion in a cool spring at 5-10%, later in the summer at 33-60%, and at 60-80% by the end of the summer. It’s very uncertain at the moment, though, and risk estimates will change as the year goes on and weather patterns etc become clearer. Do speak to one of the vets for more information, or if you’d like to chat over whether vaccination is the right choice for you this year.