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PipKelpy

  • Joined Mar 2019
  • North Shropshire
  • Dreamer with Mary, (cow) and sheep.
Schmallenberg
« on: January 21, 2024, 06:52:21 pm »
Got an email mailshot a few weeks ago from Farmers Guardian (i think) about this nasty cretin doing the rounds again, apparently some in Herefordshire are being battered in the early lambing flocks.

At time of reading, my thoughts were "thank God I'm not early lambing now."

 However, googling today (nosying about in other words) led me to the FarmingForum and apparently it's rife all down south and a few comments have said about not getting it up north (Scotland).

I'm in North Shropshire and when it did the rounds the first time all those years ago, I had 2 cases, late December/early January. The following year, one of the affected ewes had another deformed lamb almost identical to the deformed lamb she had the previous year. We did ask the vet about a PM, but were told waste of time as Schmallenberg was lurking again.

Then it went quiet and now it's doing the rounds again.

My question is were any of you affected last time regarding your locations and are you starting to panic this time round? I'm not lambing this year, carrying 22 lumps (more than wanted) but I've put my foot down as mum was adamant "you must lamb!!" but reading its about, glad I'm not, but does make me wonder about next year seeing that there is no vaccine.

Halter train the cattle to keep them quiet but watch your back when they come a'bulling! Give them all names even those you plan to eat. Always be calm. Most importantly, invest in wellies with steel toe caps and be prepared for the clever cow who knows where the toe caps end!!

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Schmallenberg
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2024, 07:34:47 pm »
There is a lot of it around this year so far, my ewes are 5 weeks off and Iím approaching lambing somewhat apprehensive. But it is worth noting that APHA are offering free testing for schmallenberg through your vet, so if you have any suspected cases, itís worth getting them sampled.

 

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