Farmers are being urged to be vigilant following the detection of Schmallenberg Virus in North Wales and the Midlands
Farmers are being urged to be vigilant following the detection of Schmallenberg Virus in North Wales and some Midlands counties in England.
It has been reported that over recent weeks positive tests for Schmallenberg have been confirmed in bulk milk from dairy herds.
According to farm vet, Tom Wright, who serves clients in Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and North Wales, there have also been some positive blood samples reported from beef cattle and sheep.
"All farmers need to be on the lookout for any unusually high incidences of abortion or congenital abnormalities – deformed lambs, swollen heads, weak lambs," said Farmers Union of Wales senior policy officer, Dr Hazel Wright.
"There is a strong need to continue to monitor SBV and to this end livestock farmers should be vigilant and report anything unusual to their veterinary surgeon."
There is no known risk to human health from SBV but the advice for pregnant women remains to be cautious around farm animals and to follow strict hygiene procedures.