Warning on sheep virus

ICSA President, Gabriel Gilmaret has warned that farmers need to remain on high alert for symptoms of Schmallenberg virus, particularly as sheep farmers face into the peak time for lambing.

ICSA President, Gabriel Gilmaret has warned that farmers need to remain on high alert for symptoms of Schmallenberg virus, particularly as sheep farmers face into the peak time for lambing.

Farmers also need to think long and hard about importing any livestock until a fuller picture emerges on the newly discovered virus.

“The impact of the virus has been most pronounced in sheep flocks along the east coast of Britain, with symptoms such as dead or deformed lambs being born to apparently healthy ewes,” said Mr Gilmartin.

“So far, it is understood that the disease has been transmitted by midges blown across the channel from mainland Europe. Nonetheless, caution is advised and farmers should report anything unusual to their vet.”