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Liver Fluke Update

Sheep liver condemnations in Wales due to fluke three times more than England 

·         Dunbia reports 18.3% ovine liver condemnation at its Llanybydder site

 

·         Equivalent period for Preston abattoir shows condemnation of just 6.65%

 

·         Novartis Animal Health warns Welsh farmers to be extra vigilant 

Date 2012 – Sheep liver condemnations at a leading Welsh abattoir due to fluke are nearly three times that of its English counterpart, according to statistics produced by Dunbia. 

Condemnations at Llanybydder abattoir, near Lampeter, have averaged 18.13% from July to December 2011, compared to a 6.65% average in the same period at Dunbia’s Preston site in Lancashire. 

Dunbia, which is working with Novartis Animal Health to monitor condemnation rates, said the highest daily figure recorded so far at Llanybydder was in September when 29.9% of 4,752 sheep livers were condemned due to damage from fasciolosis. 

Jim Hopkins, a veterinary surgeon with Steffan Veterinary Services Ltd in Lampeter, described the fluke problem in his area of Wales as “endemic”. 

“West Wales is mild and wet which is ideal for both grass growth and mud snails which favours the liver fluke life cycle. Many lambs are out wintered and fattened on grass, exposing lambs to higher levels of liver fluke.

 “This year we have had a very warm mild autumn which will have created optimum conditions for fluke to thrive,” he said.

 

 

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