New film to tackle liver fluke disease

2021-06-04T10:05:15+01:00

Farmers, vets and livestock disease experts report the findings of the three-year Hill Sheep Health North project.

Together they used a collaborative approach to design, implement and understand disease control programmes in a more meaningful and efficient way.

The Hill Sheep Health North project is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Investing in Rural Areas and involved contributions from the following partners: Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Evidence Group, Farmer Scientist Network at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Royal Veterinary College, The Farmer Network and the University of Liverpool.

You can watch the video here: Managing Liver Fluke – A farmer led approach on Vimeo

 

 

 

 

New film to tackle liver fluke disease2021-06-04T10:05:15+01:00

Webinar – Managing liver fluke in Hill Sheep – 26th May 2021

2021-06-02T14:56:19+01:00

Our focused webinar, ‘Managing liver fluke in Hill Sheep – a farmer led approach’,  presented findings from a three-year project in which Cumbrian and Yorkshire Dales farmers worked with disease experts on a joint approach to tackle liver fluke disease. 

Working closely together, uplands farmers and disease experts have used a collaborative approach to design, implement and understand disease control programmes in a more meaningful and efficient way.
We can now share with you the  positive results from this project and how these learning could help your farm.
To view the webinar, please visit: YAS – Hill Sheep Health North (vimeo.com) 
To view the presentation, please click here: Managing liver fluke in Hill Sheep PowerPoint_final

 

With special thanks to our speakers:
  • Dr Amanda Carson, Vice Chair, Farmer Scientist Network
  • Kate Gascoyne, The Farmer Network
  • Dai Grove-White, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Bryony Jones, Royal Veterinary College
  • Carol Moffat, The Farmer Network

 

Webinar – Managing liver fluke in Hill Sheep – 26th May 20212021-06-02T14:56:19+01:00

Farmers, vets, and the operational group meet online with Prof Diana Williams, Liverpool University, January 2021

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Farmers, vets, and the operational group meet online with Prof Diana Williams, Chair in Veterinary Parasitology, Department of Infection Biology and Microbiomes, Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences, Liverpool University, 28th January 2021

 

Diana presented information on how the different tests work and what can be learned from them. The vets and farmers expressed what they had learned from coproantigen, faecal egg counts and blood testing and how they used the results to make treatment decisions. A key concern was how many naïve lambs to blood test in order to make decisions on treatments for a large flock, that is grazing in different locations.

 

To view: Diagnosing liver fluke infection Presentation

Farmers, vets, and the operational group meet online with Prof Diana Williams, Liverpool University, January 20212021-06-08T12:27:40+01:00

Farmers meet online with Lesley Stubbings, Sheep Consultant, November 2020

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Farmers, vets and the operational group meet online with Lesley Stubbings, Sheep Consultant on the 4th November 2020

The aim of the online meeting was to discuss the role of the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) as an umbrella organisation to promote shared understanding and information sharing across all stakeholders in animal health. The farmers and vets discussed how they used information materials and fluke risk alerts and their concerns about retaining effective parasite treatments.

To view the presentation by Lesley Stubbings, click here: Lesley Stubbings Presentation_4th Nov 2020

Farmers meet online with Lesley Stubbings, Sheep Consultant, November 20202021-06-14T10:46:59+01:00

Watch now – Using the fluke app data with your vet

2021-06-08T12:28:03+01:00
During the Covid 19 outbreak, the farmers in the groups have not been able to meet up on-farm, but some have been able to meet online instead. ‘Using the Fluke App Data with your Vet’ was the title of an online webinar organised in July for participant  farmers, their vets, the project team and specialist flock health vet, Fiona Lovatt.

The evening turned out to be a hay-making one and so not many farmers could join, but the presentations by vets Dr Bryony Jones, Amanda Carson and Fiona Lovatt were recorded for watching later. They showed how a farm’s fluke treatments data, recorded using an App designed for this project, can help the farmer and their vet to understand where changes in treatments or management might reduce the risk of infection and also reduce the risk of  the fluke becoming resistant to flukicides. 

Another important tool to help guide the timing and type of treatment is to do testing of faeces samples. Also, regular blood testing to monitor when naïve lambs first start picking up fluke. Fiona described how one farmer is using some weaned lambs grazing with ewes to act as ‘sentinels’. 

Thank you to all the farmers and vets who contributed, as well as the very clear, fact-packed presentation by Fiona. We are planning to continue to run online meetings and provide support for sheep faeces sample testing over the winter months.

 

 

Watch now – Using the fluke app data with your vet2021-06-08T12:28:03+01:00

Workshop – Identifying liver fluke at Post Mortem – 11th March 2020

2021-05-05T10:43:55+01:00

This spring, Hill Sheep North hosted a workshop for the Cumbria farmer group which explained what to look for when identifying Liver Fluke at post mortem.

We are grateful to Millcroft Veterinary Surgeon, Matt Linnett for delivering this informative session. For the benefit of the wider project group, a summary from this workshop is now available – click here.

Workshop – Identifying liver fluke at Post Mortem – 11th March 20202021-05-05T10:43:55+01:00

Invaluable parasite forecasting tool relaunched

2020-03-09T10:39:13+00:00

Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) nematodirus forecasting tool will prove an invaluable method of checking the risk to lambs this spring. 

To find out more and sign up to alerts, visit: https://www.scops.org.uk/news/5856/invaluable-parasite-forecasting-tool-relaunched/

Invaluable parasite forecasting tool relaunched2020-03-09T10:39:13+00:00

On-Farm liverfluke event, Cogden Hall, Richmond, North Yorkshire

2021-06-08T12:15:20+01:00
The Farmer Network hosted an event with the Yorkshire Farmers at Cogden Hall, Richmond, North Yorkshire on the 10th July 2019.

Farmers will learned what the Hill Sheep Health North Project had been investigating with a group of farmers in Cumbria and Yorkshire Dales. Fiona Lovatt will lead a workshop on controlling liver fluke and avoiding resistance to flukicides. Fiona is a veterinary clinician with a particular interest in research of sheep flock health issues and in transferring research findings to the veterinary profession and the sheep industry.

You can see the agenda here: Cogden Hall 10 June_Final

 

On-Farm liverfluke event, Cogden Hall, Richmond, North Yorkshire2021-06-08T12:15:20+01:00
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