Workshop to fight liver fluke

David Gibson, a vet with Scotland's Rural College, demonstrates the damage caused by liver fluke to farmers at a recent Clyde Monitor Farm meeting.
David Gibson, a vet with Scotland's Rural College, demonstrates the damage caused by liver fluke to farmers at a recent Clyde Monitor Farm meeting.

Quality Meat Scotland is inviting farmers and others involved in the industry to a “fighting fluke” workshop on October 10 at the Moredun Research Institute.

The workshop, which is free of charge and includes lunch, aims to look at the practical steps farmers can take to tackle the scourge of liver fluke, which is proving a huge frustration to livestock farmers up and down the country.

The event will include an update on the current fluke situation and the key factors on farms which increase the risk of fluke problems.

The various options for tackling fluke will be reviewed at the meeting along with working example case study and a myth-busting questions and answers session.

The meeting will also include a visit to Moredun’s laboratories, where there will be an opportunity to view fluke and the damage they can cause. The day will include the latest advice on tackling the problem from some of the UK’s top fluke experts.

Charlotte Maltin, QMS science and innovation manager, said the workshop would offer a valuable opportunity for livestock producers across the country struggling to tackle the problem of fluke.

“Liver fluke has become a major problem for livestock farmers and the fluke challenge was exacerbated by the summer of 2012 which was one of the wettest on record,” said Professor Maltin.

“Next month’s workshop will give farmers, and others involved in livestock production, an opportunity to benefit from the latest advice and to ask questions on how best to tackle the problem”.

To book a free place in the workshop, which runs from 12.30pm to 3.30pm please contact Kirsty at QMS via email info@qmscotland.co.uk or by calling 0131 472 4040.