JUST 12 months ago, the hot topic in sheep circles was the Schmallenberg virus. This year it has scarcely received a mention since lambing commenced.
At the recent Teagasc Sheep Conference, Damien Barret (DAFM) indicated that there is little evidence of the virus so far in 2014.
While this is good news, he did stress that it doesn't definitively mean the problem has gone away. For the time being the apparent absence of Schmallenberg is a good thing as there is enough on farmers' plates.