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Enzootic abortion vaccine supply issues announced
Ceva Animal Health says it is treating the issue with the “utmost urgency”.
Supply gap to affect UK this summer.

Ceva Animal Health has announced that there will be a gap in the supply of its enzootic abortion of ewes (EAE) vaccine Cevac Chlamydia between June and August.

The company has said the issue has been caused by a batch failure during the manufacturing process and that it deeply regrets any inconvenience caused.

Last year also saw a shortage of the vaccine in the UK, which Ceva Animal Health blamed on delays in the manufacturing and distribution process. The issue was resolved by September and the company again hopes that the vaccine will become available later in the year.

Roy Geary, Ceva Animal Health’s regional director for Northern Europe, said: “Our dedicated team is working closely with our partners to resolve the challenges and restore normal supply levels as soon as possible. The vaccine challenge is being treated with the utmost urgency, and we are actively exploring alternative options to speed up the supply chain for future batches of the vaccine.

“We anticipate that the issue in supply will be resolved, with some stock potentially available later in the season, however we recognise that for some farmers the supply will arrive too late for them to use.”

Until the vaccine becomes available again, Ceva Animal Health has recommended that veterinary surgeons look at alternative ways to help their clients protect their flocks.

Mr Geary added: “We are encouraging vets to explore alternative means of safeguarding the health of their clients’ flocks during this period. We recommend implementing robust biosecurity measures and adhering to existing vaccination protocols for other preventable diseases to ensure the overall wellbeing of livestock.

“We will provide vet practices and the wider industry with regular updates as we progress toward a resolution and return to normal supply levels.”

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Charities' XL bully neutering scheme closes

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 A scheme that helped owners of XL bully dogs with the cost of neutering has closed to new applications due to high demand.

The scheme, run by the RSPCA, Blue Cross, and Battersea, has helped 1,800 dogs and their owners after XL bullies were banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

In England and Wales, owners of XL bully dogs which were over one year old on 31 January 2021 have until 30 June 2024 to get their dog neutered. If a dog was between seven months and 12 months old, it must be neutered by 31 December 2024. If it was under seven months old, owners have until 30 June 2025.

More information can be found on the Defra website. 

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Avian flu cattle outbreak spreads to tenth US state

Cattle in two dairy herds in Iowa have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), making it the tenth state in the USA to be affected by the ongoing outbreak of the disease in cattle.

Since March 2024, more than 80 herds across the USA have been affected by the virus and three dairy workers have tested positive. Authorities have introduced measures to limit the spread of the virus and farmers have been urged to strengthen their biosecurity protocols.

Mike Naig, Iowa secretary of agriculture, said: "Given the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza within dairy cattle in many other states, it is not a surprise that we would have a case given the size of our dairy industry in Iowa.

"While lactating dairy cattle appear to recover with supportive care, we know this destructive virus continues to be deadly for poultry."