Fluke: Christmas can be a good time to get on top of dosing for fluke and other parasites. Fluke can be a real problem on some farms, reducing weight gains and performance. The most recent Department of Agriculture fluke monitoring report suggests fluke risk is high, especially across the western seaboard. Given the high rainfall that occurred between June and September, all areas are at risk this year.

In 2020 to date, an average of 51% of herds showed at least one animal with liver damage due to liver fluke at slaughter and live liver fluke parasites were seen in 14% of herds. These levels are similar to those reported in 2019 but in the second half of this year live liver fluke detections were higher. You should remain vigilant and at the very least ask about animals’ livers when slaughtered. The most common signs of fluke are poor thrive, loss of condition and, in advanced stages, bottle jaw and anaemia.