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Farmer workshop demonstrates economic benefit of using precision farming technologies

Moredun organised a workshop for farmers this week (Wednesday 8th March) to demonstrate the links between better disease control and improved economic return both in terms of production costs and return on sale. The workshop was by Principal Investigator Dr Dave Bartley in partnership with Speyside Veterinary Centre and Scotland’s Rural College, and supported by The Crown Estate Scotland Portfolio.

The event took place at The Crown Estate’s Glenlivet Estate and concentrated on worm control practices using precision farming technologies (PFT), which include activities such as faecal egg count diagnostics and electronic information devices. As part of a practical workshop, the research team worked with 34 local farmers to benchmark knowledge and attitudes to worm control and best practice. The audience was presented with examples of good and bad practice and an afternoon lab session covering the entire diagnostic process including how to interpret the results.

Moredun is committed to promoting animal health and welfare through research and education and events like this are a great way of improving links between science and industry.

Ian Duncan Miller, Chairman of the Moredun Foundation said: “With the current challenges facing the livestock sector, it is vital that livestock farmers increase their production efficiencies and a clear way of doing this is to improve the health and welfare of their animals. Gastrointestinal roundworm infections rank as one of the top three production limiting endemic diseases of livestock, therefore a key target for applying the available technologies and tools that the research industry has provided to improve our farming efficiency.”

The Crown Estate, Scotland Portfolio manages four rural estates in Scotland including Glenlivet and Fochabers Estates in the north-east which include a number of farm tenancies. 

Andy Wells, Head of Property, The Crown Estate Scotland Portfolio said: “Farming is a key part of our business on our estates and helping our tenants to access current research and advice such as this ensures their businesses, and ours, remain healthy and viable for the future. Our earlier events carried out in co-operation with Moredun were hugely successful so we were very pleased to work with them again on this next phase of their outreach work.”

The workshop was funded by the Scottish Government’s Centre for Knowledge Exchange and Impact Responsive Funding Opportunity.