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Welsh sheep help reclaim desert

Sheep from farms across Wales are helping a Middle Eastern country reclaim some of its desert. A sheikh in the United Arab Emirates has set up a farming experiment which aims to make his country more self sufficient in food. The farm includes a flock of sheep from a variety of breeds.

Warning about Rhododendron danger

Rhododendron Ponticum is poisonous to sheep. Credit: Snowdonia National Park Authority

Snowdonia National Park officers are asking farmers to be vigilant of their sheep around Rhododendron Ponticum as the snow thaws and signs of Spring emerge.

They say the green leaves of the invasive species are very appealing to sheep, especially when there's a food shortage on the ground.

Hungry sheep may eat the toxic plant. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

But the leaves can kill the animals.

The areas where the plant's common include Mawddwy, South and North of the Mawddach, Vale of Ffestiniog, the Glaslyn and Gwynant areas and Betws y Coed.

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Warning about Schmallenberg virus

Schmallenberg virus can cause malformations in lambs Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Welsh farmers are being warned that an increased number of malformed lambs and calves may be born next spring as a result of Schmallenberg virus (SBV).

The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales urges farmers to be vigilant for signs of SBV which was first detected in Wales in September.

Dr Christianne Glossop said:

"We now have evidence of SBV infection across most, if not all counties in Wales, and we have also recently detected our first clinical case of SBV in a deformed lamb."