Ticks threaten livestock
Stocks of animal vaccines against tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) have run out, prompting farmers to raise the alarm that herds may be devastated during the summer months.
“This is a catastrophe for the lamb industry because many animals are in danger of dying,” Bertil Gabrielsson, chairman of the Swedish lamb industry association, told Gotlands Tidningar newspaper group.
Farmers will not be able to get new stocks of the vaccine Baticol – used for cattle and sheep – until August.
TBE is prevalent across Sweden and also affects humans. In animals the ticks can cause serious lung inflammations and joint problems.