Latest bluetongue announcement

BTV-3 announcement – 19/04/2024 There are 126 bluetongue cases in England on 73 premises in 4 counties. There are 119 cases in cattle and 7 cases in sheep. There is still no evidence that bluetongue virus is currently circulating in midges

Lambing Survey Schmallenberg virus

Register now for Defra’s Plan, Prevent and Protect webinars

A series of practical advice webinars for show organisers and vets have been organised to help key stakeholders prepare for the risk that notifiable and new and emerging diseases pose to livestock. Maintaining effective biosecurity to protect them has never

Cattle and sheep grazing together

Information for farmers in former TCZ

Ruminant Health & Welfare has worked with stakeholders from across the ruminant sector to create a flowchart to help farmers in the recently lifted Temporary Control Zones (TCZ) navigate what this means for their farm and animal movements during the


February 2024 Newsletter

Welcome to Ruminant Health & Welfare Welcome to the first RH&W newsletter of 2024Our important work continues with our focus now on developing a beef welfare strategy with the working group as well as progressing the welfare goals identified in


Seasonally vector low period announced for bluetongue

Defra has announced that we are now in a seasonally vector low period when midge activity is much lower, leading to some changes to disease control measures for BTV-3. BTV-3 is the new strain of bluetongue currently being found in