A survey is being launched to measure the impact the deadly Schmallenberg virus had during the lambing season.
The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) is undertaking the survey of sheep farmers to establish how badly the disease affected farm businesses this year.
The main aim is to assess possible losses to farmers and to better understand how the disease has affected animal health and welfare in the UK.
AHVLA is asking all sheep farmers, including those who did not have Schmallenberg in their flocks, to answer a short online questionnaire.
There are 30 questions, which should take less than 30 minutes to complete.
Links to the English and Welsh versions of the questionnaire are below:
A summary of the survey results will be published later on the AHVLA website – but no individual farms will be identifiable from these results.
The closing date for answering the online questionnaire is 15 July 2012. Any questions about the survey should be sent to SBVsurvey@ahvla.gsi.gov.uk.
The latest AHVLA figures show there are 271 UK farms reporting cases of the Schmallenberg virus, including 49 in cattle and 219 in sheep.
Three premises that reported the virus in sheep earlier in the year are now also reporting cattle cases.
See our Schmallenberg page for the latest information on the disease.
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