Below is an extract from an email kindly sent from Amanda Carson APHA Small Ruminant Veterinary Lead:
“On 21st December 2016 Schmallenberg virus was confirmed by PCR as the cause of abortion on four different holdings in the South West of England in aborted foetuses presenting with deformities.
In all cases the practitioner had performed post mortem examination and submitted samples to APHA for testing from holdings in Devon, Dorset and Somerset. The test costs for SBV PCR in these cases was not charged to the practitioner as it formed part of our surveillance for SBV which we carry out on all on foetal submissions presenting with deformities consistent with suspicion of SBV.
APHA is the only laboratory performing the PCR test. Since January 2016 there have been 24 investigations in sheep with these four being the first positive cases in sheep following on from the first positive case reported in a calf in Devon last month”
‘NEW’ Johnes Scheme For Goats and Sheep
Four new documents have been added to the Health section of the website outlining the new rules for the Johnes Scheme.
The BBGS are pleased to announce that we have the opportunity to utilise a South African ‘A’ panel Boer Goat judge with extensive experience, to judge at the Royal Three Counties Show and hold 2 seminars the following week.
We have been offered a venue for the first seminar in the south east; the south Midlands will be covered by the RTCS. We are looking for offers for a venue in the North Midlands / North of England for the second seminar training day. The committee believes that this will cover all geographical areas and offer members a chance to get to, at least, one day.
Venues need to have appropriate stock and facilities. We need at least 30 Boers, parking for approximately 20 vehicles and barn space that will allow undercover training.
If you feel you have the facilities, the goats and, the time to offer to host such an event, which will take place towards the end of the week commencing 19th June, please contact the secretary on email@example.com, we will then discuss possible venues on offer.