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.
The Northern Ireland Simmental Society recently held its annual Autumn Sale in Dungannon Farmers Market in Co. Tyrone. This event is a very important date in the Simmental Society calendar, with breeders coming from all over Northern Ireland.
Bimeda were extremely proud to sponsor male champion and reserve champion. The male champion winner was exhibited by Joe Wilson.
In the female category, Bimeda sponsored the overall champion and reserve. The winning female champion was exhibited by Duncan McDowell.
Kevin McAnenly, Bimeda Territory Manager for Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, was on hand to present the winners with their prizes. Bimeda would like to congratulate all the winners and are very proud to support such an important event in Northern Ireland.
Bimeda and Henry Schein Animal Health are inviting you to join their webinar on the 17th October at 2.00pm. Dr Philip Skuce will discuss the life cycle of Fasciola hepatica, pathology, risk factors and clinical signs of liver uke disease to ensure a sound understanding.
This will enable prescribers to deliver advice on the appropriate control of liver uke with particular emphasis on the right active at the right time. The cost of Liver uke on welfare and production will also be covered. There will be an opportunity to ask Philip Skuce questions at the end of the webinar.
Please use the following link to register and watch live or catch up after the 17th October – bit.ly/Focusfluke
If you aren’t free on the 17th the link will remain live for you to watch at your convenience for a full year.