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9.07.2018

New animated film to be launched in the fight against fluke

Fight the Fluke animated video

We are delighted to announce that Fight the Fluke, the latest addition to our hugely popular animation series, will be launched at the National Sheep Association Sheep Event next week (18th July).

Joining forces once again with animator Selina Wagner (Blobina Animations), the short animated film has been produced with support from AHDB.  Fight the Fluke provides an engaging platform to highlight the importance of understanding the liver fluke life cycle, as well as available diagnostic, treatment and control options that are key to fluke risk assessment and sustainable control on farm.

Liver fluke continues to be a problem for many sheep and cattle farmers across the UK. Livestock become infected by eating grass contaminated with fluke cysts shed from mud snails found in damp, marshy areas of pasture. Infection is very common and even low levels can lead to serious losses in production.

Katie Thorley, AHDB Senior Knowledge Transfer Manager, said: “The video will help make farmers more aware of the potential losses they could face by not putting an effective control plan in place to prevent liver fluke disease.  As the symptoms can often be hard to spot, it’s important to speak to the abattoir to check the condition of livers and then discuss with your vet to make sure you are treating an outbreak correctly.”

Dr Philip Skuce, Principal Scientist and fluke specialist at Moredun, commented: “We hope our new ‘Fight the Fluke’ animation, produced in partnership with AHDB, will help get these complex but key messages of liver fluke control across in an informative and entertaining way, that is easy to understand and remember.”

Fight the Fluke, the third film in Moredun’s animation series, has been funded by AHDB and the Moredun Foundation.  The video will be launched at 2pm on stand number 148 at the NSA Sheep Event which is being held at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern on Wednesday 18th July.