Field lab - Liver fluke control strategies
Fluke infection has risen alarmingly over the last five years, probably as a result of recent wet summers and there is anecdotal evidence of fluke resistance developing to one of the main chemical controls – trichlabendazole. There are numerous reports of liver condemnations in abattoirs as a result of fluke infection. There are other projects looking at risk and control (one in Scotland which could be useful to compare to) of fluke infections we may be able to use in discussions over successive meetings.
This field lab will look at fluke control strategies to reduce use of anthelmintics and to examine the use of risk assessments applied to individual fields. It will include planning a fluke control system for a farm.
The first meeting will take place on Monday 30 September.
10.00am teas and coffees
10.30-11.00 introductions from all present and introduction to field labs from Tim Bevan, Soil Association
11.00-11.30 presentation from Dr Eric Morgan, Bristol Vet School on latest research on fluke control
11.30-12.30 open discussion on the experimental programme to be used
12.30-13.30 lunch provided by host farm
13.30-14.00 complete discussion and agree follow up meeting
14.00-15.00 farm walk to include examination of high risk fluke areas
Please tell us if you wish to attend this meeting by calling 0117 914 2400 or emailing email@example.com.
This field lab is being hosted by Kevin and Kate Thomas, Gyffog, Llanfihangel-nant-bran, Brecon, Powys LD3 9LY.
Gyffog is a small mixed beef and sheep farm 9 miles north west of Brecon. The farm comprises 68 acres, a narrow strip of land on the south facing slope of the Bran valley, rising from 750ft to 1,100ft where the land joins the Epynt common. The land overlays red sandstone. The farm's current stock is 8 pedigree Welsh Black cows and followers, currently numbering 25 in total, and 100 Speckled faced and cross bred ewes. The farm achieved organic status in 2001. They will complete their commitment to Tir Gofal in December and entered Glastir in 2012.