NFU urges vigilance over new Schmallenberg livestock virus


The National Farmers Union has urged farmers to be vigilant after it was confirmed that a new disease, the Schmallenberg virus, has been found on farms in Norfolk, Suffolk and East Sussex.

The disease first emerged in the Netherlands and Germany last year.

It can lead to late abortions and birth deformities in newborn sheep, goats and cattle and is thought to be spread by midges.

Copyright © 2016 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.