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North East Organic Group – Event Summary

15 March 2018

This was the first meeting of year two of the North East Organic farming Discussion Group.

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.

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Related Downloads
Health Planning, Tim Geraghty
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Guide Developing Health Plans, OF & G Organic
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Technical Note (TN677): Treatment and Control of Liver Fluke in Sheep and Cattle
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Technical Note (TN573): Planned Worm Control For The Beef Herd
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Technical Note (TN577): Sustainable Control of Parasitic Gastroenteritis in Sheep in Scotland
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