Farming News - Volunteers invited to help with Liver Fluke early detection service

Volunteers invited to help with Liver Fluke early detection service

22 May 2020
Frontdesk / Livestock

Farming Online and University of Liverpool are partnering together to develop a better liver fluke forecasting service, providing more accurate data to help producers manage the risk of fluke.

Once complete, the liver fluke model will accept up to two locations (as GPS or PostalCode) for stock current & previous locations (where a movement may have taken place).

The aim is to help to decrease the chances of infection which costs the industry about £300m per annum due to livestock performance and costs of treatment.

More specifically, it has been calculated that the livestock disease causes £15.3m of damage based on a 27-day delay in finishing time, a 10kg reduction in carcass weight and a carcass conformation score that is half of what is would be in a healthy animal.

Part of the liver fluke project involves consulting professionals and producers in the farming industry to use their knowledge to help update the existing Ollerenshaw risk model

Farming Online said:

"We are delighted with the response so far and are now looking for additional producers and companies who would be willing to trial the model and provide feedback.

"Many farmers have said they are keen to be involved because fluke is one of their biggest problems and would like to be able to understand it better.

"Dairies, abattoirs and retailers say they need to know what the expected disruption to the supply chain will be due to fasciolosis and treatments, allowing them to plan accordingly."

We are inviting farmers & businesses interested in being involved in the project to get in touch with Vanessa Vann via: liver-fluketrial@farming.co.uk.

Even for those who do not wish to be directly involved, observations are sought about experiences with fluke and these can also be shared via the email address above.

For more details, contact Vanessa on 08709 090 902.