March 3 2009 ~ "Farmers just hadn't realised the true risk and severity of bluetongue disease"
Farming UK today brings home how effective Jakob Pustjens has been in talking to farmers of his first hand experience of Bluetongue in Holland. His timetable for the rest of March: Week 2 - commencing Monday 9th March
Carlisle: Mon 9 March
Skipton: Tues 10 March - Lunchtime meeting arranged by CCM Auctions and Kingsway Veterinary Group
Newark: Wed 11 March
Longtown: Thurs 12 March
Hexham: Fri 13 March
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February 10th 2009 ~ "I can tell you it is a quite terrible illness that causes animals great pain.."
Farmers Weekly quotes the Dutch farmer, Jakob Pustjens, who addressed farmers at Welshpool Market in north Powys on Monday. Mr Pustjens said the disease cost his business £13,000 but he "got off lightly" compared with many other farmers near his farm in southern Holland. g "...He urged farmers not to follow farmers in northern Holland, who believed virus-carrying midges would not reach their units. By the time that livestock showed visible signs of the disease it was already too late for them, he said. Sheep in particular could not fight the disease and many died within a few days..." Read full article.
February 6th 2009 ~ Jakob Pustjens will spend Thursday at Thirsk auction mart describing his experiences to farmers and urging vaccination
His visit is part of a tour of English and Welsh livestock marts during February and March organised by Merial Animal Health and the Livestock Auctioneers Association. His own family farm at Nederweet in the south of The Netherlands has 100 Holstein Friesian dairy cows and 90 heifers. He is also an agricultural management consultant.
"In 2008 when the Dutch Government gave us the green light to vaccinate, we didn't have to think twice! My advice to farmers in the UK would be to vaccinate before bluetongue is diagnosed in their area otherwise it could be too late."See www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk
February 3 2009 ~ "...you never think that bluetongue will affect you, until it does"
Many UK farmers are in the same position as Dutch farmers in 2006 when Bluetongue was first discovered there. FWi tells us today that Jakob Pustjens, a farmer from the south of The Netherlands, is going to attend several livestock markets in England and Wales, hoping to share his experiences.
"As a farmer you never think that bluetongue will affect you, until it does. Unfortunately, by the time that livestock show visible signs of the disease it's already too late to prevent it. I knew many farmers in the North of The Netherlands who thought the disease would be confined to the south and would not reach them. It did and they were left counting the cost.."Mr Pustjens goes on to say that one of his clients saw "average annual milk yield decline very quickly, from over 7500 litres to less than 6000 litres, while on another high-performing unit the average daily yield fell from over 40 litres to under 10 litres in less than a month. A quarter of the herd eventually had to be slaughtered." The markets involved in the programme in the first week are mainly in West England and Wales: ... Welshpool: Mon 9 Feb ... Shrewsbury: Tues 10 Feb ... Worcester: Wed 11 Feb ... Brecon: Wed 11 Feb - Evening meeting 7pm ... Thirsk Thurs 12 Feb ... Lancaster Fri 13 Feb
Week 2 begins Monday 9th March and will be in the North of England. Link to article.