Vaccination of livestock against foot-and-mouth disease in full swing | Mysore News

Mysuru: The Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences launched this year a vaccination campaign against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) for more than 5.2 lakh of cattle on the war footing, in the district of Mysuru.
The second round of the month-long journey, which was delayed due to the pandemic, began on November 8 and will end on December 8.
The first round of this campaign took place between February and March of this year. Like the Pulse Polio vaccination campaign, health workers go door-to-door to cover the herd of 5,16,260 in all the villages of seven taluks in the district.
Instructions were given to local officials at the level of deputy directors of all taluks, to vaccinate livestock, including cows, bulls, buffaloes, sheep, goats and pigs during the journey, after taking the help from local veterinary inspectors and their assistants.
In addition to the 265 employees of the breeding department, the department also used the services of 26 volunteers from the Karnataka Milk Federation, as well as the help of the secretary and employees of the Milk Producer Cooperative Society, to ensure the success of the campaign. .
The department has set itself the goal of covering 80 head of cattle per day, to complete the campaign in one month. The department kept the vaccines in taluk-level department office coolers. They can be collected in their daily life, in order to inoculate livestock.
Deputy Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences Dr BN Shadkswaramurthy said last year the district recorded 12 livestock deaths from foot-and-mouth disease and compensation was paid to owners of these animals. , in accordance with government standards.
The ministry has received reports that some herders are reluctant to have their cattle vaccinated because they fear it will adversely affect their health. However, he said that it is crucial to have cattle vaccinated against foot-and-mouth disease, because if they are infected, there is a huge loss of milk production in these animals, and they become unproductive. “If a cow is infected with foot-and-mouth disease, it becomes very difficult for the animal to conceive, and it can soon become sterile. In the case of bulls, their strength is affected and the animal becomes sterile. Likewise, it also affects sheep and goats in the villages, ”he said.
“This is the second vaccination campaign since the start of the foot-and-mouth disease vaccination program in the district. It is a centrally funded program that takes place nationwide. It will be held once every six months. As the vaccination campaign is free, farmers must vaccinate their livestock to protect them from foot-and-mouth disease, ”he said.
“As cattle from forest edges are taken to forest areas for grazing, and there is a risk of FMD spreading to wild animals, in order to prevent it, the forestry department will organize regular camps. in villages on the edge of forests. , in collaboration with the veterinary science service, to vaccinate cattle once every six months. In addition, the Union and the state government had given clear instructions to organize such camps on a regular basis, ”said V Edukondalu, Deputy Conservator of Forests, MM Hills Sanctuary.

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