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Sheep Flock Health Seminar

All sheep farmers encouraged to attend important information night.

Two important sheep health topics, sheep external parasites and trace element nutrition, are being discussed at a presentation sponsored by Bimeda Animal health in Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey, Co Wexford at Thursday 14th May 2015 7:30pm.

The event will be chaired by Shane McGuckin MVB, Animal Hospital, Gorey; the first speaker will be Tommy Heffernan MVB, Avondale Veterinary Clinic, Arklow, Co Wicklow. Tommy will be speaking on trace element deficiencies in sheep and supplementation options for farmers. The second speaker will be Padraig Hyland MVB, of Bimeda. Padraig will speak about Blowfly and Ticks, focusing on prevention and control, and including tips on getting the best control from using dip and pour-ons.

This is a great opportunity for farmers and vets to discuss two of the most important health issues that do not get prioritised as they should.

Trace element deficiencies of cobalt cause poor growth in growing lambs while deficiencies of selenium and iodine cause many issues including weak lambs and subfertility. Also excess molybdenum is a serious issue in many farms where it effects some essential functions.

Tick borne diseases are on the rise in hill areas and their control presents a real challenge. Meanwhile blowfly is still one of the most severe diseases facing sheep farmers over the summer and the correct use of available dips and pour ons is very important

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