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."