Welsh farmers are being urged to be vigilant following the recent detection of Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) in North Wales and the West of England. SBV can cause congenital malformations and stillbirths in cattle, sheep, goats, and possibly alpaca, and there have been positive tests in some dairy herds as well as in cattle and sheep.
Dr Hazel Wight, Senior Policy Officer for the Farmers’ Union of Wales has urged all farmers to be vigilant: “There is a strong need to continue to monitor SBV in Wales and to this end livestock farmers should be vigilant and report anything unusual to their private 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, the Union has stressed.
Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.