Hebrides Today

News from the Western Isles

Chief vet asked to add Barra to bluetongue schedule

Posted by Editor On February - 25 - 2009


Angus macneil

ISLAND MP Angus MacNeil is asking that Barra and Vatersay be added to the schedule of Chief Veterinary Officer for Scotland, Charles Milne when he travels to the Western Isles in March to talk to crofters about the Bluetongue vaccination programme.  


Public meetings on the issue, which Mr Milne will attend, have already been organised for Stornoway and Benbecula on March 30 and 31.


Mr MacNeil said: “Many people are sceptical about Bluetongue, and many crofters want an easier life than having to spend time and money on vaccinating animals.

“I am one of the crofters involved in this, and while I am glad that he is coming to the islands, I find it disappointing that Charles Milne, as yet, does not seem to be holding one of these meetings in Barra and Vatersay.


“I will be writing to Charles Milne as a matter of urgency asking him if he would also hold a meeting for the crofters in Barra and Vatersay regarding Bluetongue, particularly as people I speak to are yet to be convinced on the necessity of a vaccine in the islands.”


Mr Milne tried to allay crofters concerns over the vaccination programme earlier this month by writing an open letter to regional newspapers highlighting the reasons behind the programme and its benefits.


In the meantime island crofters are hoping to gain an extension on the Bluetongue deadline which instructs that all animals must be vaccinated by the end of April.


Related posts:

  1. Chief vet will travel to the Western Isles over bluetongue issue   Crofters in the Western Isles with concerns over the...
  2. Isles' cancer treatment service returns   A chemotherapy service is to be re-introduced at the...
  3. Children’s Parliament gathering Western Isles students will be among 50 children from a...
  4. Western Isles boasts exotic visitors and an eagle fighting lamb!     [caption id="attachment_430" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The islands offer a...
  5. On the lookout for endangered species in Syria   Conservationists from Scotland are heading out to Syria tomorrow...

Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin.

Leave a Reply