Schmallenberg Disease confirmed in Dumfriesshire

The first confirmed case of Schmallenberg Disease has been identified on a Dumfriesshire farm. A calf that was born with birth defects was examined by veterinary experts at one of Scotland's national veterinary disease surveillance centres.

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Full report: Farmers prepare for spread of Schmallenberg

Animal health experts in southern Scotland say they are braced for the Schmallenberg disease to spread.

The virus was confirmed last week for the first time in mainland Scotland when it appeared on a farm close to Dumfries.

The disease, which can lead to birth defects in sheep and cattle, has already appeared in Cumbria.

Vets in Scotland say they will now monitor the illness closely.

Matthew Taylor has this report:


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