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Industry updates Liver fluke warning Dr Phil Skuce from Moredun has warned that a warm, dry Spring followed by a warm, wet Summer has significantly increased the risk of high liver fluke infestations in certain regions this Autumn. This disease costs UK agriculture well in excess of £300 million/year. Farmers need to be proactive with the management of liver fluke to reduce the adverse effects on livestock. They should avoid high risk pasture this Autumn and make appropriate use of anthelmintics. Acute infestation can lead to sudden death in previously healthy sheep in August to October, lethargy and reduced grazing. Chronic infestation is characterised by rapid loss in body condition and poor fleece quality. The COWS 5 ‘R’s are a useful reminder for the effective control of liver fluke in sheep: The right product for the worm; right class of animal; right time; right dose rate; and administered in the right way. For parasite forecasting services visit: Event watch Sheep Breeders Round Table 2017 Thinking Positively Organised by AHDB, HCC and QMS this biennial conference will focus on genetic improvement in the industry. Taking place in Nottingham, the three-day event is open to anybody with an interest in sheep production and provides an opportunity to learn, develop and network. For more information: uk/sbrt/ Keep up to date with best practice and farm-based research through technical training and events: England, AHDB events Scotland, QMS news-and-events Wales, HCC events/events National Sheep Association(NSA): Membership funded body that represents the views and interests of sheep producers throughout the UK. events 22 AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2017

Asulam bracken control authorisation period closes The 120 day emergency authorisation for the control of bracken using Asulam ends on 11 September at which point no further sales or distribution can be made. A use-up period will continue to the end of October 2017. By this time all stocks of Asulam must be applied, destroyed or returned to distributors in sealed containers. All aerial applications must be carried out under permit from the Chemicals Regulation Division, HSE (www.brackencontrol. New Wormer becomes available in the UK A new wormer, monepantel has become available in the UK marketed as Zolvix. The product has the potential to help improve lamb performance and slow down the development of resistance to anthelmintics. Care should be taken not to over-use this new product. It should be used as part of a managed programme of worm control that may require at least three different groups of treatments across a single season. To keep ahead of the resistance game, farmers need to monitor performance and worm challenge through faecal egg counts to carefully plan treatments accordingly. Seek professional advice. SHEEP MATTERS is published six times per year. It is available to subscribers in print and digital format. SHEEP MATTERS is published by GORSE services limited. Registered offi ce 19 Fenkle Street, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1HW. Editors Emma Green Tel (07557) 119947 John Hutchins Tel (07469) 709607 Subscriptions http://www.sheepmatters. Advertisements John Hutchins Tel (07469) 709607 john.hutchins@gorse-services. com Disclaimer The publication may not be copied or reproduced without the prior written permission of the Publisher and it may not be circulated or distributed outside of the address to which it was sent by the Publisher. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information published, the Editor and Publisher cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for errors, omissions or claims made in fact or opinion in either editorial or advertising copy, or for any loss no matter how caused. Views expressed and information contained in SHEEP MATTERS are not necessarily those of GORSE services limited. © GORSE services limited 2017 all rights reserved. Designed by Blue Tongue Design Ltd. ISSN under application. 2017 AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 23

Sheep Matters - August/ September 2017