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Schmallenberg hope for Kent and Sussex farmers

30 November 2012 Last updated at 18:15 GMT

Early signs show farmers in the South East will have a better lambing next year, without suffering from the Schmallenberg virus which caused many lambs to be born dead and with deformities in the spring.

Kent and East Sussex had 39 confirmed outbreaks of the virus last season, although it is suspected many more went unreported.

The theory is that the virus has now spread north and west, probably by midges, and farmers in other areas of the UK are expected to experience serious losses.