Animal Pharm is part of the Business Intelligence Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC’s registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use. Please do not redistribute without permission.

Printed By


FMD control - vaccination or slaughter?

The latest case of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in the UK has re-opened the debate as to whether vaccination is a better method to control the spread of the virus than compulsory slaughter. The latter policy led to the culling of some 7 million animals in the six months it took to bring the previous 2001 UK epidemic under control. During that outbreak the Government rejected the use of vaccination since it could not persuade farmers that it would both halt the spread of the disease epidemic and be cost effective for the national livestock industry. However, legislative change in the wake of the 2001 crisis means that the vaccination option must now be given more weight when formulating a control policy.


What to read next




Ask The Analyst

Please fill in the form below to send over your enquiry or check the Ask The Analyst Page to find out more about the service.

Your question has been successfully sent to the email address below and we will get back as soon as possible. my@email.address.

All fields are required.

Please make sure all fields are completed.

Please make sure you have filled out all fields

Please make sure you have filled out all fields

Please enter a valid e-mail address

Please enter a valid Phone Number

Ask your question to our analysts