HCC backed animal health roadshow spreads the word in Wales

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales’ industry wide campaign to raise awareness of the costly implications for farmers of key animal health issues like growing resistance to worm drenches and incidences of liver fluke will be boosted by two keynote sponsored meetings in Wales next week.

A HCC industry research project has revealed anthelmintic resistance continues to build. HCC is leading a pan-industry awareness campaign to drive home to farmers to take measures to immediately rectify existing drenching practices or the industry faces serious consequences in the future.

UK experts on sheep parasitic diseases will speak at the Moredun  Animal Health Roadshow at Royal Oak Hotel, Betws-y-Coed on Tuesday, 10th November 2015 and Bishops Meadow restaurant, Brecon, LD3 9SW on Wednesday, 11th November 2015. Both receive HCC support.

Experts Dr Philip Skuce and Dr Dave Bartley will be discussing the HCC funded project on anthelmintic resistance, which warns that farmers need to take measures to immediately rectify existing practices or face serious consequences in the future. Other topics include Roundworm issues and on-farm parasite management to avoid the unwanted costs of Liver Fluke.

Dr. Skuce is a Principal Scientist at Moredun. His research interests are in the diagnosis and control of parasitic diseases in livestock, specifically the diagnosis of roundworm and fluke infections and the detection and management of anthelmintic resistance.

Dr. Bartley has been involved in examining and assessing the effectiveness of strategies for controlling parasitic gut worms and is also involved in investigating mechanisms of anthelmintic resistance.

At Brecon, local Consultant Kate Hovers, a Past President of the Sheep Veterinary Society, joins the local panel with Llanrwst vet Samantha McDonnell attending the north Wales event.

Formed by farmers in 1920, the Moredun Foundation is a charity to promote the highest possible standards for animal health and welfare through research and education.