HCC to highlight concerns facing Welsh red meat industry

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) aims to tackle issues facing the Welsh red meat industry at this year’s Royal Welsh Show. 

HCC has recently undertaken a project drawing attention to the increasing levels of anthelmintic resistance on Welsh sheep farms. Taking advantage of the audience at the Royal Welsh Show, which takes place 20-23 July, HCC will highlight the effectiveness of worming treatments.

In an attempt to raise awareness, farmers will be given the chance to guess the weight of four lambs on HCC’s industry development stand. A high-spec drench gun will be awarded as a daily prize.

Guidance will be offered on how to correctly calibrate the drench guns, and free measuring cylinders will be available, which make sure that drenching equipment is working effectively.

Lynfa Davies, HCC’s technical development executive, said: “The correct use of wormers, accurate dosing techniques and timing are key to slowing the development of this problem. Understanding the relationship between sheep weights and dosing is crucial in the prevention of anthelmintic resistance, with producers encouraged to drench their sheep according to their weight.”

Several informative publications from HCC will be on offer during the show, covering topics such as animal health and welfare, grassland and livestock management, as well as the newest version of The Little Book of Meat Facts making its public debut.

Audience members will have the opportunity to get in on the action. Whichever daily visitor can get the closest to identifying a display of beef, lamb and pork cuts will be rewarded with a Welsh red meat hamper.

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