Aberdeenshire sees first Schmallenberg case

Vets have announced a case of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in a calf born on a farm outside Aberdeen.

The animal, born to a homebred, suckler heifer was found to be severely deformed. A post-mortem, carried out by SAC Consulting, Veterinary Services, part of Scotlandís Rural College, confirmed the findings.

The discovery marks the first case of SBV in Aberdeenshire, with earlier discoveries so far in Dumfries and Galloway. However, early investigations pointed the finger at the virus being introduced during the transfer of store cattle from Dumfriesshire last year, with midges spreading the virus to housed cattle over the winter.