Category: Animal Health

Liver Fluke implications

FASCIOLA HEPATICA infects the liver of both cattle and sheep. For part of its life cycle liver flukes inhabit the snail, Limnea truncatula. This important stage of the parasite life cycle necessitates wet and...

Implications of blowfly strike

BLOWFLY strike in the UK results in the opportunistic invasion of living tissues by the larvae of Lucilia sericata (greenbottles), Phormia terrae-novae (blackbottles) and Calliphora erythrocephala (bluebottles). Economic impact The incidence of disease is...

Expert advice on lambing

Lambing is a crucial time for sheep farmers, we asked Brecon vet and co‐opted member on the FUW’s animal health committee, Kate Hovers, to give us some hints and tips on making sure the lambing process...

Update on Avian Influenza

THE Welsh Government has announced a new Avian Influenza (AI) Prevention Zone, in place from 28 February until 30 April. The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths has confirmed there will...

Caseous Lymphadenitis (CLA)

CASEOUS lymphadenitis (CLA) is a chronic contagious skin disease primarily of sheep and goats caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis. Transmission occurs • Directly between sheep during close confinement. Fighting, causing skin lesions on...

Nematodirosis in young lambs

NEMATODIROSIS is caused by the gut parasite Nematodirus battus. Nematodirosis is an important disease affecting young lambs managed on pasture grazed by young lambs the previous year. Economic impact There is rapid weight loss...