India: Owners refuse to vaccinate cattle fearing low milk yield

2 Jul, 2018
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KOCHI: Cattle owners here are refusing to vaccinate their cattle fearing health issues and low milk yield. The apathy towards vaccination drive has led to an increase in cases of food-and-mouth disease (FMD) in cattle and this in turn has affected milk production in the district.

Kerala Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (milma) officials said there was shortage of 10,000 litre milk per day in Ernakulam.

“The disease was reported in 749 cattle in 22 panchayats in Ernakulam. As there is no medicine for the virus, vaccination is the only preventive measure. But fearing health issues and low milk yield, farmers refuse to vaccinate their cattle. It is true that after vaccination, the animal will catch fever. It is same in human beings too. We have noticed milk yield reduce in some cows after vaccination, but not in all cows. False presumption dissuades farmers from vaccinating animals. They should understand that the vaccination is to ensure that the cattle do not catch any disease and die of it,” said district animal husbandry (AH) officer P K Sadanandan.

FMD vaccination is administered on the neck and is done every six months in cattle and pigs. To prevent the disease from spreading, the movement of both the affected animal and the veterinary officials, who treat it should be restricted. “But we find it difficult as the doctor or the para medical staff, who treats the infected animal must not go to other house to treat cattle there. The staff might carry the virus on their body, which will infect the animal there. They can treat other animals after changing dress and cleaning their hands thoroughly. But farmers do not understand this,” said Sadanadan.

The disease was first reported on May 31, 2018 in three non-vaccinated cattle in Manjapra panchayat and of these two died. This forced AH and veterinary officials to swing into action. 

This entry was posted on Monday, July 2nd, 2018 at 6:04 pm and is filed under Latest News.

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