Livestock Virus Found in Wales; Farmer Vigilance Urged on Cow and Sheep Danger Bug
Byline: OWEN HUGHES
A VIRUS that causes severe deformities in lambs and calves has been detected in Wales.
Welsh farmers are being urged to be vigilant after Schmallenberg (SBV) was detected in three cows and one calf in Ceredigion.
The virus, which is thought to be carried by midges, first arrived in England in late 2011.
It produces fever, diarrhoea and loss of milk production in adult cattle, and late abortion or birth defects in newborn cattle, sheep and goats. It is thought to pose no risk to humans.
Farming unions said the news was a concern and urged farmers to be vigilant.
Ed Bailey, NFU Cymru president, said: "The …
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Publication information: Article title: Livestock Virus Found in Wales; Farmer Vigilance Urged on Cow and Sheep Danger Bug. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Post (Liverpool, England). Publication date: September 26, 2012. Page number: 10. © 2009 MGN Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2012 Gale Group.
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