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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.

Full report: Farmers count cost of lost stock due to winter weather

Farmers are still digging sheep out of snow drifts nearly two weeks after they were buried.

Farmers across the region are still not sure how many of their animals have died but it is likely to be many thousands and the NFU in Cumbria is now asking for the Government to help.

However there are some tales of surviving sheep, including one which has made a full recovery after being buried for 11 days near Newton Stewart.

Matthew Taylor reports:

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