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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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Sheep found alive under huge snow drift

The sheep had been buried under the snow for 11 days Credit: Stuart Mactier

A farmer from Galloway was shocked to find that one of his sheep was still alive after being buried under snow for 11 days.

Stuart Mactier from Mochrum, near Newton Stewart, managed to dig the ewe out from a deep snow drift.

The sheep, slowly emerging from the snow Credit: Stuart Mactier
Only the face of the ewe was visible Credit: Stuart Mactier

A couple of days later and the sheep is up and walking about, and enjoying eating again- after being starved for so long.

The sheep is now well enjoying some heat Credit: Stuart Mactier
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