Date lodged: 11 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action is is taking to stop the spread of the Schmallenberg virus.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 19 January 2018
The Scottish Government provides funding to SAC Consulting Veterinary Services (part of SRUC) in support of its diagnostic service which includes examination for Schmallenberg virus in abortions and stillbirth in cattle, sheep and goats. Information about new cases is publicised by SRUC, so that individual farmers can make informed choices during the breeding season and prevent spread of the disease to their farms.