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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update.

Diseases Covered

Maedi Visna (MV)

Disease Overview

Maedi Visna (MV) is a viral disease which was introduced into the UK through imported sheep. It has since spread, especially in commercial flocks. MV is a chronic disease of sheep caused by a retrovirus. The name derives from two Icelandic words which describe the main clinical signs of pneumonia and wasting. The condition is highly contagious, difficult to diagnose and is fatal.



Economic Impact

  • Fatal condition after development of clinical signs
  • Lamb mortality and reduced growth rates
  • Increase in culling rate
  • Increased incidence of arthritis, premature birth and reduction in conception

Benefits of Joining the Scheme

  • Helps reduce the risk of your flock contracting MV
  • Gives membership of a nationally recognised health scheme
  • Allows export to certain countries free from MV
  • Gives added value to the flock
  • Allows attendance at shows and sales from which animals would otherwise be banned

Further Information

Download our MV Testing Forms or our Diagnostic Testing Form and Information Guide.

Download the PSGHS Price List.

Premium Sheep and Goat Health Schemes

Address: SRUC Veterinary Services
Greycrook, St Boswells TD6 0EQ

Telephone: 01835 822456

Fax: 01835 823643


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