Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) will be sharing information and discussing a range of key issues currently affecting the red meat sector in Wales on its stand at the Royal Welsh Show.
One of the main topics of conversation will be anthelmintic resistance. A recent project undertaken by HCC has highlighted the increasing levels of resistance on a number of Welsh sheep farms and the importance of understanding the effectiveness of worming treatments.
Farmers will have an opportunity to guess the weight of four lambs on HCC’s industry development stand and a high-spec drench gun will be given as a daily prize.
Advice will be provided on how drench guns should be calibrated correctly and free measuring cylinders will be available. These can be used to ensure that drenching equipment is working effectively.
“The correct use of wormers, accurate dosing techniques and timing are key to slowing the development of this problem,” said HCC’s Technical Development Executive, Lynfa Davies. “Understanding the relationship between sheep weights and dosing is crucial in the prevention of anthelmintic resistance, with producers encouraged to drench their sheep according to their weight.”
The annual lamb carcase grading competition turns high-tech this year with electronic devices used to enter. A mini-tablet will be presented to the winner who will be announced at the end of the Show.
HCC’s comprehensive library will be stocked-up with informative publications. These are free to collect and will cover the usual range of key topics, including animal health and welfare, grassland and livestock management.
The latest edition of the Little Book of Meat Facts will make its first public appearance at the Show. This compendium will be full to the brim of general Welsh red meat and livestock industry statistics, with sections focusing on cattle, sheep and pigs.
Two useful publications - Getting the most from your soil and Controlling BVD and Johne’s - have been updated and will also be available.
Visitors can have a go at identifying a selection of beef, lamb and pork cuts which will be on display. The best attempt on a daily basis will be awarded with a Welsh red meat hamper.