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Vigilance urged as Bluetongue virus is found in Germany

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The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) says the discovery of Bluetongue in Germany is a warning to farmers in Northern Ireland to remain vigilant.

Union deputy president David Brown said the discovery of the virus was the first detection in Germany since 2012 and comes not long after a heifer, imported into Northern Ireland in December past, tested positive for the disease.

Union deputy president David Brown said the discovery of the virus was the first detection in Germany since 2012 and comes not long after a heifer, imported into Northern Ireland in December past, tested positive for the disease. He said: Fortunately, our import testing protocols are robust and the animal was identified early and culled.

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