Crypto Under Spotlight at NE Cattle Welfare Meeting

Published Wednesday, 28th November 2012 in SAC Consulting news

A leading Scottish expert on Cryptosporidiosis (Crypto) in cattle will provide an insight into its growing incidence in the North East at an SAC Consulting calf welfare event in Turriff on 12 Dec.

Several North East farms have participated in the research into Crypto and its impact on cattle carried out by Nick Jonsson, Professor of Animal Production and Public Health at Glasgow University. Professor Jonsson will outline this work and the measures local farmers can take to protect their livestock from the Crypto parasite.

Prof. Jonsson’s talk is part of a free calf welfare event at Darley Farm, Fyvie, AB53 8LH. SAC Consulting (a Division of SRUC) has organised the meeting in response to the increased strain on farming due to the recent adverse weather.

Local SAC Consultant Kirsten Williams said: “One of the consequences of the adverse weather is that North East farmers are experiencing increased herd health problems – I have witnessed Crypto and also Live Fluke becoming significantly more prevalent on local farms over the past 12 months. Other problems relating to the bad weather concern feeding – there has been a huge increase in the cost of protein sources; many farmers still have straw lying and much forage is proving to be low quality.

“The focus of our event is on counteracting these issues, looking at suckler calf  welfare and ways to help overcome feeding problems this coming winter. “

Other speakers will include Randall Mathers (Meadows Vets), Karen Stewart, Gavin Hill (both SAC), David McLelland (Norvite), David McKenzie (Harbro), Gordon Taylor (Woodhead Brothers) and Cathriona Ritchie (SAC Vet). A live demonstration of a variety of feed mixer wagons will also be featured on the day.

The event is taking place with the kind permission of the Farquharson family of Darley, who farm 550 hectares, with approximately 180 suckler cows along with arable production.

The event starts at 11am. It is free and lunch will be provided. For catering purposes please book a place by calling SAC Consulting, Turriff on 01888 563333. The event is part funded by the Scottish Government as part of its Animal Welfare Advisory Activity.

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