Livestock Farmers Advised to Get Animals Vaccinated
Another malady that has shaken livestock is the outbreak of the blackleg disease. The Belize Agricultural Health Authority says there have been several reports of cattle and sheep dying as a result of this infection. Minister of Agriculture, Jose Abelardo Mai, explains that it is common for this disease to be found reoccurring in the same area, which is why it is advisable for farmers to get their animals vaccinated as quickly as possible.
Hon. Jose Abelardo Mai, Minister of Agriculture: “In the case of blackleg it is the same there are times when farmers report that animals are dying and we ask them to vaccinate. Generally if you live in an area where there has been blackleg always it’s advisable that you vaccinate your animals frequently or as recommended by the veterinarians or the livestock people. So it’s not something that’s new it’s been there and it’s well under control. Many farmers vaccinate and with the price of beef right now high and the good price I think farmers are more now convinced that they should vaccinated because you’re losing a valuable animal.”