It is considered the biggest threat to livestock since the Foot and Mouth outbreak a decade ago. The Schmallenberg virus causes birth defects in sheep, goats and cattle and there is still no vaccine to combat the outbreak.
Scores of farms have already been affected. Now, the government department DEFRA has taken the unusual step of issuing a warning about the disease, with the lambing season underway already. David Hirst reports.
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A cooler and cloudier day on the whole, although it will remain dry in most places.
Rather cloudy with an increasing chance of rain during the day, perhaps heavy at times later across northern parts.
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