Schmallenberg Virus is a new emerging livestock disease that has been detected in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.
It is similar to some other animal disease pathogens, which are transmitted by vectors such as midges, mosquitoes and ticks.
The virus has been associated with brief mild/moderate disease (milk drop, pyrexia, diarrhoea) in adult cattle and late abortion or birth defects in newborn cattle, sheep and goats.
All the evidence currently suggests that the disease was brought into the UK from infected midges blown across the Channel. As far as we are aware, no cases have been reported in Scotland.
There have been reports from some of our partners in the pharmaceutical companies that pour-on fly repellents may help to lower the risk of this condition in your livestock. Please call us or drop into the practice if you would like to discuss this.