Agriculture and livestock

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Update Schmallenberg (9 February 2012)

Letter to the House of Representatives about the latest developments regarding the Schmallenberg virus. As at 8 February 2012 there have been reports from 450 farms of symptoms that could indicate infection with the Schmallenberg virus. These reports have been received from 168 sheep farms, 261 cattle farms and 21 goat farms. To date tests have been carried out on 194 cattle farms, 146 sheep farms and 19 goat farms, and the virus has been confirmed at 3 cattle farms, 88 sheep farms and 5 goat farms.