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.
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 […]
In May, the operational group published an information flyer about the project. The aim of the flyer was to inform farmers, vets and industry specialists about how the project aims to tackle liver fluke with Yorkshire and Cumbria farmers.
Farmers can sign up to parasite alerts at NADIS animal health skills.
NADIS publishes a monthly Parasite Forecast for farmers and vets based on detailed Met office data and the forecast. The Parasite Forecast outlines the parasitic challenge facing cattle and sheep in the different regions of the UK.
Video and photos resources taken from the Liverfluke post mortem evening at Bainbridge Vets, Leyburn, with Davinia Hinde
Following the meeting that took place with Yorkshire Farmers in January, participants discussed feedback from their abattoirs, those that were able to get feedback had been ok so far. Farmers received the AHDB Beef and Lamb information booklets that give guidance on likely causes of damage to liver and other organs.
Eight farmers in Yorkshire and six in Cumbria met to discuss their experience with sheep health last year, their progress with the treatments App and findings from tests for the presence of liver fluke in their flocks.
No-one had seen any signs of liver fluke in lambs last summer and over the autumn. The dry year had reduced numbers.
It’s a busy time of year for our participating farmers. In September and October breeding and store sheep are sold and bought at sheep sales all over the north every week. This year, because of low rainfall and Brexit uncertainty, […]
In August and September, farmers sent faecal samples from their flocks in to Liverpool University for the standardised composite faecal egg count reduction tests (FECRT). This test detects the level of efficacy of the flukicide Triclabendazole (TBZ). The dry season […]
The Moredun Foundationhave a series of useful animations, one in particular in relation to Liver Fluke, called ‘Fight the Fluke’. The animation was funded by the Moredun Foundation and AHDB. You can watch the animation here:
Iain Richards MRCVS, Veterinary Ecologist, Cumbria joined by Joanne Briggs, Communications Manager and Policy Manager for England, National Sheep Association and Dr Amanda Carson from APHA to speak directly to farmers about an environmental approach to controlling Liver fluke.
The initial phone application which will support the data gathering process for Liver Fluke disease has now been developed and installed. The phone application will be rolled out farmers to begin data recording. It has been tested on latest iPhone and […]
The Hill Sheep Health North website has now been launched. You can find out everything you need to know about the project right here. If you would like to sign up to newsletter updates, please contact Holly Jones: […]
Hill farmers in the Cumbria and Yorkshire Dales groups have shared their liver fluke management routines and many have completed questionnaires with more details as the Hill Sheep Health North project starts to gain traction.
We are delighted to confirm that Iain Richards BVSc CertVA CertSHP MVetSci MRCVS, Veterinary Ecologist, will be joining us at this year’s 160th Great Yorkshire Show to speak with farmers about Liver Fluke and the Hill Sheep Health North […]
With special thanks to The Farmer Network, the first two farmer meetings held with farmers at Askrigg, Cumbria and Newton Rigg, Yorkshire, were a great success introducing the Hill Sheep Health North Project to the farming […]