Debs Roberts, Organic Policy Manager, SOPA gave a comprehensive update of the organic market in Scotland. She covered all the main commodities. Overall organic sales are up 19.4% in Scotland and there are good premiums over conventional for most commodities except lamb, which is just coming to an end for the season. Scotland organic sales up 19.4% NEWS: Latest International Report on the state of organic agriculture
After this we moved onto health planning focusing on fluke and worm control. Tim Geraghty, Veterinary Centre Manager, SAC Consulting gave a presentation. In addition to fluke and worm control he focused on how health planning was integral to improving performance and how we must think like a worm or a fluke!
For more information his presentation can be found below.
This was followed by a tour of vet lab at Craibstone hosted by Tim were we saw round lab and the post motem room hearing about their work.
If you would like to be a part of the group or find out more please contact Aileen.Buchanan@sac.cu.uk
- Health Planning, Tim Geraghty
- Tim gave an insightful presentation into health planning and controlling liver fluke and worms.
- Guide Developing Health Plans, OF & G Organic
- One of the main aims of organic farming is to develop healthy livestock with as little recourse to veterinary medicines as possible. This document gives a guide to producing an animal health plan for an organic farm.
- Technical Note (TN677): Treatment and Control of Liver Fluke in Sheep and Cattle
- The number of disease outbreaks due to the liver fluke Fasciola hepatica has increased in recent years with unprecedented numbers of sheep affected in 2012/13.
- Topics: Livestock
- Technical Note (TN573): Planned Worm Control For The Beef Herd
- This technical note gives advice on planning worm control for the beef herd.
- Technical Note (TN577): Sustainable Control of Parasitic Gastroenteritis in Sheep in Scotland
- Due to the increase in anthelmintic resistant worms new control measures are recommended. This technical note examines sustainable control of parasitic gastroenteritis in sheep.
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