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Farm animal practice
Cattle health schemes
  1. Jonathan Statham

1. Single-agent infectious diseases


Cattle health schemes are not a new concept, and various schemes are currently available in the UK. They represent an opportunity for health, welfare and economic improvement in the industry by facilitating the process of farm health planning. The schemes tend to be directed at controlling either single-agent infectious diseases, such as bovine viral diarrhoea, or endemic management diseases, such as mastitis. This series of two articles discusses the rationale behind cattle health schemes, with Part 1 describing some of the cattle health schemes aimed at managing single-agent infectious disease, with particular emphasis on schemes offered by laboratories and milk recording organisations. Part 2, to be published in the June issue of In Practice, will review the evolution of schemes designed to deal with multifactorial or management disease.

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