Farmers urged to protect against blowfly strike

Sheep farmers in the region are being encouraged to prevent a parasite growth in lambs called blowfly strike.

Parasite risk to sheep

Sheep farmers are facing another threat to their livestock.

Cold weather and rising prices of feed and fuel have already made it a difficult year.

Now the climate is causing more problems by providing the perfect conditions for a dangerous parasite.

Jenny Longden reports.

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Farmers urged to protect against blowfly strike

Sheep farmers in the region are being encouraged to prevent a parasite growth in lambs called blowfly strike

Blowflies lay eggs on sheep, which hatch into maggots and can prove fatal for livestock.

In the UK, 80 per cent of sheep farms experience blowfly strike and for farmers the economic cost can be huge.

A number of products that stop infestation from taking place can be sprayed onto sheared wool.

The parasite spreads in warmer conditions, so researchers are encouraging farmers to take action now.