Worm and liver fluke controls in spotlight at North East event

Farmers and vets are invited to a free meeting, designed to help them achieve more effective control of parasites, which will be held in Hexham in a fortnight's time

Farmers and vets are invited to a free meeting in Hexham
Farmers and vets are invited to a free meeting in Hexham

Farmers and vets in the North East have the opportunity to find out more about the UK livestock industry’s increasing problem of roundworms which show resistance to anthelmintic drugs.

Liver fluke control is also an ever-changing picture, especially in light of previous wet seasons, and is having a major effect on livestock health and performance.

Farmers and vets are invited to a free meeting, designed to help them achieve more effective control of these parasites, which will be held in Hexham in a fortnight’s time.

Liver fluke costs UK producers millions of pounds every year due to lower production rates of infected livestock – and its incidence is increasing.

At the meeting, Dr Philip Skuce and Dr Fi Kenyon from Edinburgh’s Moredun Research Institute, will give an update on fluke and roundworm research and highlight afew simple steps that will make worm strategies more effective and less likely to result in a resistant parasite problem on the farm.

Dr Skuce, who is concerned about the increasing number of outbreaks of liver fluke, especially in areas that haven’t had a fluke problem before, said: “Over the past five years there has been a significant increase in cases of both acute and chronic liver fluke disease in sheep and cattle throughout the UK.

“Climate changes and managemental factors have contributed to these changing patterns of epidemiology. The fact that cases of flukicide resistance have also been recorded is also a real concern.”

Anthelmintic resistant roundworms are a rapidly increasing problem for the UK livestock industry and Dr Kenyon is encouraging farmers to work with their vet to develop a specific, targeted worming strategy for their farm.

She said: “There are no simple solutions or an overall blueprint for worm control.

“We need to work together and focus on practical ways of managing drug resistance under modern farming conditions.”

The free meeting takes place at Tynedale Farmer Function Suite, Hexham Mart, from 7.30-9.30pm on Thursday, November 21. No booking is required.

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