Cattle and buffalo breeders in Brazil are expected to vaccinate approximately 87 million animals during the new stage of foot-and-mouth (FMD) vaccination, which began in most of the country November 1.
Currently the total herd of the country is 216 million heads.
While the states of Santa Catarina and Paraná are released from vaccination against the disease, most federal units must vaccinate animals up to 24 months old, except for the states of Acre, Amapá and Espirito Santo, which need to vaccinate the herd of all ages.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture’s national FMD vaccination schedule, this vaccination phase is historic as it will be the first time since the establishment of immunization stages in the country that the state of Paraná will not vaccinate its animals.
The program foresees the gradual expansion of FMD-free areas without vaccination in the country.