Schmallenberg sees 100pc rise in past fortnight
The number of farms infected with the Schmallenberg virus has doubled in the past fortnight to 54.
The escalation in outbreaks is mainly happening in dairy and beef herds as the calving season gets underway.
Cork-based vet Bill Cashman said he had confirmed eight outbreaks in dairy herds.
An Animal Health Ireland (AHI) meeting due to be held at Clonakilty Agricultural College last week was relocated to the Shinagh trial farm when a series of abortions in the college's dairy herd triggered suspicions of a Schmallenberg outbreak.
Kildalton College in Kilkenny also lost more than 12pc of their early lambs to the disease, according to farm manager, John Walsh.
IFA National Sheep Committee chairman James Murphy has also had firsthand experience of the virus, with approximately 5pc of his flock showing signs of infection.
"The losses were a little higher than normal, but if that's the extent of the impact of the disease then I can live with that," he said.
Mr Murphy said the worst affected farmers believed they would lose half of their lamb crop.