On Wednesday 25th October, Orkney Auction Mart was the location of a Nutrition and Liver Fluke Focus evening. This evening was hosted by Birsay Farmers, in conjunction with Bimeda and Rumenco. Over fifty farmers were in attendance to learn about liver fluke and trace element deficiencies.
Rachel Mallet, Bimeda Professional Services Vet, discussed the importance of investigating suspected trace element imbalances. Investigating whether a trace element deficiency exists in the herd/flock is worth undertaking as such deficiencies can be detrimental to animal health and fertility. She advised that farmers need to make sure that they use the correct form of trace element supplementation as it is key to addressing the deficiencies.
The topic of Liver Fluke was also discussed in great detail. Farmers were informed of the best practise approach to combating Liver Fluke, especially in when to target what stage of the lifecycle.
There was a quiz run throughout the evening to help farmers learn and enjoy the presentations. Bimeda used their interactive voting technology to ensure the quiz was fun as well as educational and there was a great response. The prize for the winner was a bottle of the local whisky, Scapa, and was won by Alan Stevenson.
The evening was a great success and Bimeda would like to thank Birsay, Orkney Auction Mart and all the farmers for attending.