There are now 239 UK farms reporting SBV: 25 in cattle and 214 in sheep – this is an increase of only one farm since the last update. These all continue to be within the recognised risk counties in England.
The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) has noted an “expected” decline in the numbers of reporting farms in the last week, as lambing in “at risk” sheep (those at a critical time of gestation when infection can impact on the foetus) draws to an end.
Figures released today (April 5, 2012) confirm that there are now 239 UK farms reporting SBV: 25 in cattle and 214 in sheep.
According to the update, this decline in the number of reporting farms is “in line with all EU member states“, as well as DEFRA’s own predictions considering UK farming practices and estimated time of infection occurring in the UK.
However, it is expected that the UK will continue to see cases in cattle until early summer.
The current figures courtesy of AHVLA, are:
|County||Positive holdings (Sheep)||Positive holdings (Cattle)||Total|
|Isle of Wight||2||0||2|