Agri-Shop Ltd
23 October 2016 | Online since 2003
Auto Trader Ltd

FarmingUK Logo
3 January 2014 14:25:21 |News,Sheep,Animal Health

Farmer's journal entries shed light on challenge of managing Liver Fluke on sheep farms

Large numbers of sheep farmers struggled with the challenge of managing liver fluke in their sheep last autumn and winter – but a new initiative is helping to show them they are not alone and have options open to them this season.
The creation of an online Liver Fluke Journal is helping shed light on the situation and give tips and ideas for farmers to discuss with their vet or health advisor to apply on their own farm. The journal is written by George Milne, a sheep farmer in Fife and NSA Scottish Regional Development Officer, and is very frank about the problems he has encountered in the past and the need to ask for help.

George says: “Essentially I am opening up my farm and my practices for all to see, which does feel a little strange. I know personally how damaging this parasite can be to a flock, but I believe many of my fellow farmers aren’t aware of that damage or that disease levels change from year to year. If my journal can help others in any way to see how I am managing this disease then it must be a good thing.”

The journal has been made possible because George’s farm is the first ever surveillance farm for the Scottish Fluke Action Group, which aims to provide insightful and educational information to farmers and prescribers to help combat the challenge liver fluke is posing to the industry.

The Scottish Fluke Action Group was set up in the summer of 2013 as a response to the exceptional level of fluke in the winter of 2012/2013 and the impact the parasite was having on the livestock industry. The group includes key figures from the world of farming, science and industry and first met at the Moredun Research Institute near Edinburgh in August where the discussion centred around what could be done to both better manage liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica) and increase the awareness of it within the farming community.

The working group includes Moredun Research Institute, National Sheep Association, Novartis Animal Health, Parkside Vet Group, Scottish Government, Scotland’s Rural College and the University of Edinburgh. Novartis Animal Health and George’s own vets at Parkside Vet Group have been carrying out the surveillance work on the farm to help better understand the fluke situation this year.

The first three entries in George’s Liver Fluke Journal can be viewed in the news section of the NSA website – – and you can sign up to receive alerts when additional entries are uploaded by emailing


0 Comment


Please enter your name


Please enter your email

Please enter valid email


Please enter your comment

Post Comment

Your comment has been submitted successfully. Please wait for admin approval.


No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment

Australia | 21 October 2016
Local bloc seeks to counter bid for Australian cattle empire

Nationalist lawmakers have teamed up with local ranchers to try to counter a bid involving Chinese buyers for the S. Kidman & Co. cattle empire, in what would be one of Australia’s biggest agribusines...

USA | 21 October 2016
Arizona farmers give back by donating milk to food banks

43 million gallons of milk have been dumped in fields across the country since the start of the year. That's why many American farmers have been forced to do with lower milk prices not bringing in...

USA | 21 October 2016
Your groceries may be cheaper, but farmers and supermarkets feel the pain

If you’re just a little irked that gasoline prices have edged up recently, maybe this will cheer you up: Groceries are a bargain. Average supermarket prices fell 2.2% in September from a year ago, ...

Canada | 21 October 2016
Farmers fail to rally to tax revolt talk

If farmland property taxes are too high, don’t pay them. That’s what Dugald farmer Edgar Scheurer suggested while commenting on Facebook about Manitoba Co-operator stories on skyrocketing farmland ...

United Kingdom | 21 October 2016
Woman killed in cattle attack on family farm

A woman has been killed after she was attacked by cattle on a family farm in Co Derry. The pensioner, who has been named locally as Brigid McKeefry and is aged in her 70s, was rushed to the Causewa...

Trending Now


Top stories you may have missed