SBV vaccine out on farms this summer

Lambs at Ickworth House
Lambs at Ickworth House
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Livestock farmers should have a vaccine for Schmallenberg virus (SBV) this summer.

Suffolk and Norfolk farmers were among the first in the country whose sheep and cattle were struck by the disease which causes birth deformities.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced today that a licence has been issued MSD Animal Health for the vaccine.

It is thought SBV was carried here by midges blown from mainland Europe in summer 2011, though birth defects did not show until spring 2012.

There were 1,753 cases recorded in the first quarter of 2013.