Many farmers assume they have liver fluke (both beef and sheep) due to boggy or wet nature of their land and the rainfall/climate, but have never actually done any testing, post mortem examinations or had abattoir feedback to confirm this.
Liverfluke are a familiar feature to producers of upland sheep and beef cattle. These parasites are particularly common with warm, wet weather – the type of weather that may increase with climate change.
Many of us have all been thinking a lot more about food shopping. It has become a much less mundane and much more fraught activity.
Pippa Goldschmidt looks at this practice of leading livestock by foot across long distances from individual farms to auctions and slaughterhouses.
Andrew Barnes in our team has collected financial data from upland farms with a view to identifying characteristics of disadvantage that make farms more or less vulnerable. The findings are fascinating, if in some ways counter-intuitive.
As summer continues, show season is well and truly under way and last week saw the 161st Great Yorkshire Show take place in Harrogate.
Project update from Ann Bruce – May 2019 Now that lambing and calving are all but over, it feels like the right time to... Read More
There has been talk in recent years of the need to develop an upland vision for Scotland. But without also ensuring greater government and agency support for establishing locally-led partnerships it might prove difficult to achieve any such vision in practice.