The increase in the number of farms reporting cases of the Schmallenberg virus has slowed, according to figures released by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency.
Just five new farms have reported the disease in the past 10 days, the figures show. There are now 243 United Kingdom farms in southern England with cases of the virus - 28 are cattle herds and 215 are sheep flocks.
The disease is thought to have been spread by infected midges from continental Europe last summer.
Reprinted in part from Farmers Weekly