Scottish government funds fight against animal disease

By Nancy Nicolson, Farmers Weekly Interactive

The Scottish cattle industry has received a major boost with the announcement of £1.3m of new funding to tackle two endemic diseases which create animal welfare issues and carry high economic costs for farmers.

A programme to eradicate bovine viral diarrhoea which is present in about 40% of cattle herds in Scotland was unveiled by the Scottish Government. And the Scottish Funding Council has awarded Scottish scientists £800,000 to pioneer ways of improving control methods for Johne’s Disease, another scourge of the beef and dairy sector.

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