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Volume 174: debated on Thursday 14 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he has received any scientific advice concerning possible dangers to sheep from eating silage; and if he will make a statement.

Listeria organisms can be found in silage and in some circumstances can cause death in sheep. The overall incidence of this disease is low; fewer than 80 deaths were diagnosed in Wales last year by the veterinary investigation service. ADAS advisory leaflets on the production and feeding of silage to sheep are available to farmers on request. Advice is also available from ADAS nutrition chemists and the veterinary investigation service.