NFU Scotland has asked the Scottish Government to consider active surveillance so livestock keepers can plan ahead should Schmallenberg virus (SBV) move north.
The union believes Scottish livestock farmers would volunteer to be part of the surveillance effort.
The move comes in the wake of work carried out by the Royal Veterinary College and the Institute for Animal Health which looked at the epidemiology of SBV. Their results suggest the virus over-wintered and is circulating now.
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