The provision of information and advice to farmers and prospective farmers. Anyone who owns livestock has many legal responsibilities and the Trading Standards Service can provide information and advice on what is required under this legislation and to provide a contact for further, more specialised guidance and information if required.
We aim to protect the health and welfare of livestock across Wiltshire, which includes issuing and inspecting movement licenses and monitoring animal disease and welfare during transport and at markets. We actively investigate any serious breach of legislation and deal with many complaints and referrals each year, taking appropriate and proportionate enforcement action against offenders.
Schmallenberg Virus is a new emerging livestock disease that has been detected in the UK, and is transmitted by midges, mosquitoes and ticks.
The virus has been associated with brief mild/moderate disease (milk drop, pyrexia, diarrhoea) in adult cattle and late abortion or birth defects in newborn cattle, sheep and goats.
Schmallenberg Virus is not a notifiable disease but farmers and vets should remain vigilant and report any suspicious cases to the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) for testing as part of our enhanced surveillance.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control suggests that there is a low likelihood of any risk to public health.
Last updated: 1 March 2012