Farmer: "Schmallenberg disease has killed half of my lambs"
A farmer has told ITV Wales News that 50 per cent of his lambs have died because of the Schmallenberg disease (SBV).
Tim Prichard, who has a farm in Llantrisant, Pontyclun, says he expected 180 lambs to be born this season but 60 have died already.
Mr Prichard says other farmers are experiencing the same thing with one losing all but one of his 23 lambs.
Schmallenberg is a disease that causes late abortion or birth defects in newborn cattle, sheep and goats.
In December last year the Chief Veterinary Officer Christianne Glossop said that there was evidence the infection was "across most if not all counties in Wales" and the disease had been detected in a deformed lamb.
Ms Glossop added: "It is likely that malformed lambs and calves will be born in Wales in the spring 2013 as a result of some Welsh sheep and cattle being infected with SBV around the time of mating this year."
Unite union has described the proposed closure of a Llantrisant car parts factory as a 'total blow'.
Italian firm Sogefi is understood to have announced to its 200-strong workforce that it intends to shut the South Wales site and that the 90-day consultation period has now begun.
Our members at Sogefi have recently gone back onto full-time hours following a troubled period last year that saw half the workforce at Llantrisant being made redundant and the remainder being put on short-time working.
The factory has long played a vital role in the area so the announcement of further job losses – and so close to Christmas – is not simply bad news for those working at Sogefi but for the local community as a whole.
Our priority now is to ensure the best possible future options, support and compensation for our members at Sogefi as we enter the consultation period.
Pontypridd AM Mick Antoniw says Llantrisant-based company Sogefi is set to close.
The car parts firm, known locally as the former Fram Filters, first announced a wave of redundancies over a year ago. It's thought around 200 people still work at the plant.
I hope there might still be some future for the company in Llantrisant, but if that is not possible it is important that reasonable redundancy terms are made available and that support is given to the workers in finding new jobs. I will be working with the Welsh Government to ensure everything is done to support the workers over the coming difficult months.
A number of operations at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant have been cancelled because of a failure to recruit enough junior doctors. Cwm Taf Health Board says it is a temporary measure and it is apologising to anyone who is affected.