"2015: What's the Risk?"

2014 saw a relatively low risk of liver fluke across the UK. Obviously there were some specific instances where the disease remained prevalent or infections on new farms were diagnosed, but generally, farmers breathed a sigh of relief that the situation was manageable. This lower challenge would have had some effect on fluke numbers and risk coming into 2015, which means we need a clear understanding of that different challenge this autumn/winter.

We've seen more wet weather this year, which has contributed to an increased risk of the disease this autumn. Additionally, August was wetter than normal, which will have some effect on risk levels. However, how much of an effect is still open to question. Currently it is anticipated that the use of triclabendazole where there is no resistance will increase to combat the early stages of infection which cause the acute forms of disease (rapid condition loss, ill thrift and sudden death). As explained earlier, the challenge coming into 2015 was generally lower and later treatments in winter/spring 2015 could have reduced the mature egg-laying stages, but still we need to be vigilant.

Triclabendazole as well as the other flukicide products and active ingredients are available in a variety of formulations and strengths. Agricentre have SQP prescribers on hand to answer any questions you might have on this and other issues. Liver fluke is a problem on farm that creates a lot of discussion. It’s also getting worse in some are as. Here, we look at the risk this season.