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Vaccination is happening against a virus which deforms lambs and calves

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) is a Government agency here in Britain. It’s part of the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Among other tasks, VMD approves new veterinary drugs and vaccines. Farming eyes have been on VMD … Continue reading

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Schmallenberg virus is killing lambs and calves but a vaccine is coming

Today my fellow blogger nahrvalur reminded me about Schmallenberg virus (SBV). That emerging disease which is carried by midges and which deforms lambs, kids, calves and fawns. I hadn’t forgotten SBV, with farmers in my family-in-law, but this year their … Continue reading

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Update on the virus which deforms lambs, calves and fawns

Here’s an update about the schmallenberg virus (SBV) from the Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI). Schmallenberg is nasty, if it gets into your herd or flock. It’s an emerging disease carried by midges, now affecting farms across continental Europe … Continue reading

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Expect deformed lambs and calves

You may recall warnings about schmallenberg virus (SBV). If you farm sheep or cattle you’ll certainly have SBV on your mind this year. This virus doesn’t infect humans but it can be devastating to lambs and calves, causing severe deformities. … Continue reading

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A new midge-borne virus is affecting sheep

Last year, stillbirths and birth defects in lambs were shown to be caused by a previously unknown virus. It’s a vector-borne pathogen, meaning that it’s spread by an arthropod. In this case the vector is a biting midge. The new … Continue reading

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