Foot and Mouth Disease | SKUAST-K issues advisory to farmers

In view of the reports of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in various areas of Kashmir, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir (SUKAST-K) has issued an advisory to the livestock farmers.

According to a statement, SKUAST-K’s Directorate of Extension has asked the farmers to vaccinate all cattle, buffalo, sheep and goats at four months of age and booster vaccination at every 5-6 month intervals.

“Restrict or stop all animal movement to prevent entry or spread of the disease. Keep newly purchased animals under quarantine for 2 weeks before introducing them into herd,” read the advisory.

Spray 4% Sodium bicarbonate (NaHCo3) solution or spread lime/ bleaching powder around the farm premises daily for 10 days to prevent its spread, it said.

It has also advised for not sending animals for grazing at common place or for ploughing and not using common source of water for drinking purpose. Separation of sick animals from rest of the herd.