2020 Blowfly Alert

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Strike risk still very high - stay vigilant

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NADIS, in collaboration with Elanco, have once again launched the blowfly risk alert to help farmers and prescribers keep up-to-date and stay aware of the blowfly challenge throughout the season. Elanco encourages farmers and prescribers to report a case of strike on the blowfly tracker to help others be aware of the risk in their local area and across the country.

Professor Richard Wall from Bristol University comments 'Predicting strike risk at this time of year can become very difficult because the weather can change quickly. The blowfly population is still very high and any periods of warm weather particularly with accompanying rainfall will mean that sheep are at severe risk. This is a particular problem since prophylactic treatments applied in early summer may have now ceased offering protection. Any sudden fall in temperature, however, will see the blowfly population start to decline reducing this risk. Because of the uncertainty, it is important to remain extremely vigilant'.

However, there have been several reports of fly strike on the Elanco Blowfly Tracker www.farmanimalhealth.co.uk/tracker, so shepherds should remain vigilant for clinical signs, and report them through our website https://alerts.nadis.org.uk
 

Top cereal and oilseed growers honoured at the Yield Enhancement Network Awards 2021

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Despite an average growing year for most crops, many growers managed to go above and beyond their predicted max yields, with Lincolnshire grower Tim Lamyman taking the top spots for his wheat yields and his world record breaking winter barley yield.

The highest cereal and oilseed yields achieved at harvest 2021 were announced at this year’s Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) Awards on Wednesday 24th November at the Croptec Show. With award presentations by Tom Bradshaw, Vice President of NFU, 24 farms took home the evening’s top awards for highest yield and highest potential yield achieved for wheat, winter and spring barley, oats, and oilseed. The 2021 winners came from all corners of the UK, as well as from as far afield as Finland and New Zealand.

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