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New glossary of cattle health terms.

The National Beef Association has launched a glossary of cattle health and disease terms to be used by farmers and advisory professionals.

It has been put together with help from CHeCS, Defra's animal health and veterinary divisions, the Scottish Agricultural College, Pfizer (UK) Ltd and the British Limousin Cattle Society.

NBA policy adviser Kim Haywood said: "A national glossary capable of establishing common terminology and acting as an industry reference point had to be developed because too much current health information is based on conflicting definitions, which farmers, and some vets, are finding increasingly difficult to follow.

"We would like our glossary to establish a common descriptive language on disease and its treatment that will be used across the UK cattle industry. A proper understanding of the exact meaning of the most important technical terms is extremely important."

The glossary contains a brief description of IBR, BVD, Leptospirosis and Johnes ( which are the four diseases currently included in controls set out by the managers of voluntary cattle health schemes.

It also defines 36 health related terms like "accredited", "antigen", "carrier", "immunity", and "monitored free".
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 19, 2005
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