There is evidence of another peak of Schmallenberg virus (SBV), infections with circulation during the Autumn and Winter of 2023. Active infection has been detected in England during the autumn with acute cases detected in cattle. The virus has also been confirmed in congenital deformed lambs, stillborn from December 23 onwards.
Brand-new Annual Health and Welfare Review resources for vets are now live.
These were developed by AHDB in conjunction with the Pathway’s vet group, and can be found on AHDB’s website by following this link:
Bluetongue (BTV) is a viral disease transmitted by biting midges, which affects all ruminants (e.g. sheep, cattle, goats and deer) and camelids (e.g. llama and alpaca).
The latest strain, BTV-3 appear to mimic BTV-8 in its behaviour, however the existing BTV-8 serotype vaccine will not offer cross protection against this new strain.
Update 2: Following active surveillance in the north-east Kent temporary control zone (TCZ), 2 further cases of bluetongue in cattle have been identified at 2 new locations in the existing TCZ, in the Sandwich area. Both locations are linked to holdings where cases have recently been found.
From Wednesday 13th December 2023, a registered farm vet will be able to digitally record a Vet Attestation for sheep keepers on the Livestock Information Service.
We are pleased to inform you that you can now use the Livestock Information Service portal (England) to digitally record a vet attestation for a sheep keepers’ holding.
Check out SCOPS new series of podcasts – perfect for vets, advisers and sheep farmers to access SCOPS advice whilst on the move.
The first series pf four episodes covering SCOPS principles, checking your wormer works, sheep scab and liver fluke.
Following active surveillance within the 10km temporary control zone (TCZ), a further four cases of bluetongue serotype 3 (BTV-3) have been identified in cattle on two additional farms.
To Livestock Producers,
From the 13 December 2023 all livestock farmers who produce livestock or livestock products that end up in the food chain and which may be exported to the European Union will require proof of an annual vet visit
A faecal egg count (FEC) counts the number of worm eggs in faeces (dung) and is used to monitor the worm burden in sheep.
Toxoplasma – don’t forget unvaccinated shearlings
Toxoplasma gondii is the second most commonly diagnosed cause of sheep abortion, causing about a quarter of all diagnosed abortions in GB.
Enzootic abortion – vaccinate early if possible!
Enzootic abortion (EAE) is even more commonly diagnosed, causing up to one third of all diagnosed sheep abortions in GB.
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