New move in fighting cattle fluke

images (4) FARMERS are being asked by the Moredun Institute to supply faeces samples to help evaluate a new test for fluke in cattle and sheep which could be costing the industry in Scotland as much as £50million a year in lost production.

This is based on the loss of revenue from damaged livers of £6 per head and impaired on-farm performance of £20-£25 per head.

The incidence of fluke has increased dramatically over the past 10 to 15 years and, although more prevalent in the wetter areas of the west, has spread to the east as a result of climate change and warmer winters. There are also questions over the efficacy of the drug (TCBZ) being used to control fluke.

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