Schmallenberg virus 'devastated our flocks'

Sheep on a farm in Oxfordshire
Sheep on a farm in Oxfordshire Credit: ITV News Meridian

Farmers have told ITV News Meridian that anything which can prevent the spread of the Schmallenberg virus would be very welcome because the disease 'devastated livestock in the South'.

At the beginning of this year more than 50 farms across the Meridian regions were reporting symptoms of the virus.

South East MPs have called for livestock movements to be restricted to prevent further spread.

ITV News reporter Penny Silvester speaks to farmers about the devastating impact of Schmallenberg
ITV News reporter Penny Silvester speaks to farmers about the devastating impact of Schmallenberg Credit: ITV News Meridian

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Vaccine to stop Schmallenberg

Farmers in the South say they are hopeful that a new vaccine against the deadly Schmallenberg virus will stop the spread of the disease. But many complain it maybe be too expensive to be effective.