EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Compulsory bluetongue vaccinations for all cattle and sheep in Scotland except the Shetland Islands, will start on November 3 and run through to April 30 2009, the Scottish government said on Thursday.
The government is providing 2.6 million pounds to cover half the costs for the first year of vaccinations.
A statement said that England and Wales already constituted a bluetongue protection zone.
With the start of vaccinations in Scotland next month, the whole mainland would come into this category, with free movement of animals at risk allowed across the country.
The statement strongly recommended that other domestic animals susceptible to the debilitating midge-borne disease should also be vaccinated for the Serotype 8 (BTV8) variety.
Reporting by Ian MacKenzie; Editing by Peter Blackburn