Jersey dairy farmers warned about Schmallenberg virus in cows

Lamb The Schmallenberg virus can affect all livestock, but is not harmful to humans

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Dairy farmers have been warned their cows could give birth to deformed calves next month after Schmallenberg virus was found in two sheep flocks.

The virus causes deformed or stillborn livestock and is thought to spread through midges.

States Vet Linda Lowseck said farmers would not know if cattle were affected until calving begins next month.

Last month tests confirmed the virus after five lambs were born dead and badly deformed at a farm.

Mrs Lowseck said the virus could lead to the suspension of the export trade, particularly concerning bovine embryos.

There have been dozens of reports of the Schmallenberg virus across England and cases have been reported in Normandy, France.

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