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Get ON-Farm 2016 and trim hundreds of pounds off lame lamb costs

Feb 3 2016

Are your sheep hoof trimmers costing you hundreds of pounds in lost lamb revenue?

That could be the case on as many as one-in-three Welsh farms - they have been identified by a HCC backed research project as one of the ways a serious bacteria that causes lameness can be transferred across the flock.

South Wales farmers can learn much moreby signing up to ON-Farm 2016 at Gelli Aur on Thursday 11 February - the first of HCC’s new series of hands-on events for farmers.

If you’d like to attend ON-Farm 2016 at Gelli Aur on Thursday, 11 February email: info@hccmpw.org.uk or call 01970 625050.

“CODD (Contagious Ovine Digital Dermatitis) is virulent, debilitating and a serious welfare and economic issue for Welsh farmers and currently affects more than 35% of farms in the UK,” said Dr Julie Finch, HCC’s Corporate Strategy and Policy Manager. “Yet it can be avoided. Expert vet Joe Angell can guide you through a few simple steps to cut out the risk and save money.”

The first ON-Farm 2016 event at the Carmarthen college aims to bring together the UK’s cutting edge laboratories with the hands-on, day-to-day needs of Welsh lamb and beef farmers and build on the considerable combined expertise available. “HCC’s team of exemplar farmers and scholars with specialist skills and experiences that link research with sustainable production are a vital resource that adds strongly to the ON-Farm 2016 agenda,” said Dr. Finch.

Besides Joe Angell, of the University of Liverpool, next week’s ON-Farm 2016 contributors include Professor Diana Williams, also of the University of Liverpool, Dr Prysor Williams of Bangor University and Dewi Jones of Innovis Ltd.

Professor Williams is Chair of Veterinary Immunoparasitology and heads the Veterinary Parasitology Research Group.  She is leading and managing an HCC funded liver fluke project research programme to identify new diagnostic techniques for cattle and risk factors on farm. “Unmanaged parasites can mean costs of up to £30 per infected animal and this year’s mild and very wet winter has extended the high-risk-period for liver fluke,” said Dr. Finch.

Dr Prysor Williams is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management at Bangor University and a “hands on” farmer. “Prysor has worked closely with HCC on a number of environmental and climate change matters and his contribution will be very important as it will link long term sustainability to on-farm production efficiencies,” said Dr Finch.

Dewi Jones, of Innovis is one of the leading suppliers of sheep breeding technologies to the UK livestock farming industry. Hewill dispel the myths about genomics and genetics and give farmers the latest perspective on breeding for market and consumer tastes. 

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