OVERSEEN by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), a project is underway to look at the effectiveness of wormers for eliminating parasitic diseases in sheep.
Early results from a sample of 25 farms have revealed that resistance to wormers is increasing. These include wormer treatments that were previously considered effective at eradicating parasites in sheep.
The findings of this work will be discussed in greater detail during five meetings at Lampeter, Aberystwyth, Brecon, Welshpool and Llanrwst.
“Anthelmintic resistance means that a wormer loses effectiveness because a proportion of the worms survive treatment,” said Lynfa Davies, Technical Development Executive at HCC. “This is an important issue and will affect the sustainability of the sheep industry in Wales if not taken seriously. Knowing whether wormers are working effectively on your farm can be checked by undertaking a simple test with your vet. Using the correct treatments will increase productivity and save you money.”
Eurion Thomas from Techion is carrying out the research on behalf of HCC. He will present the results in greater detail during the meetings.
A number of vets across Wales have been involved in this work from the outset, and they will use their local knowledge to refer to case studies from across the country.
Neil Paton MRVS from the Welsh Regional Veterinary Centre will also provide an update on his recent work on a common parasitic disease, liver fluke.
Rapper who bombed wrong house jailed for almost 10 years
A WELSH rapper who accidentley ‘bombed’ a wrong house following a feud with a rival has been labelled ‘pathetic’ and ‘childish’ by a judge before sending them to prison.
Appearing at Swansea Crown Court on Monday (Jun 13), Michael Athernought was sentenced to almost 10 years in prison.
The court heard how Athernought, 25 of Tontine Street, Swansea, had thrown a petrol bomb at a house he believed belonged to a fellow rapper Ricky Williams following a feud between the two.
However, the defendant bombed the house of a woman and her teenage son.
The incident happened at a residential property on Clyndu Street, Morriston at around 3am on November 16 of last year.
The woman awoke to a fire alarm going off and neighbours banging her front door.
L;uckily for Helen Davies and her son, neighbours had managed to break her door down and get the pair to safety.
The court heard how Athernought had posted a video directed at Mr Williams where threats were made to ‘burn your house to the ground’ and ‘war means war’.
Athernought was arrested the same day and officers from South Wales Police found a jerrycan of petrol and a towel with pieces missing.
Whilst sentencing, Judge Paul Thomas QC, said: “A more pathetic, childish reason for acting as you did is frankly quite difficult to imagine.
“Instead of acting as a grown-up you decided, because you think of yourself as some sort of pseudo-gangster, to make a video.
“In that video you made threats to burn his house down. It was as graphically threatening as it was pathetically childish.
“In actual fact, due to your incompetence, you got the wrong house.
“Obviously, you seem to think that you can get away with what you want, because you’re in some way above all of that, being, of course, an important rapper.”
Alternought was given an extended sentence of nine years and nine months.
The defendant will serve four years and six months in prison. The remainder of the sentence will be served on licence.
Trimsaran go top after beating Bynea
TRIMSARAN moved to the top of League 3 West B on Saturday (Jan 8) as they beat Bynea 39-5.
It was the only game to be played in the Division as others battled covid-19 cases and waterlogged pitches following overnight rain.
Lee Bates had scored two tries in Trimsaran’s last game before Christmas and he carried on his good form with a hat trick of tries on Saturday.
Iwan Green and Chris Lacey also went over for the home side who were also awarded a penalty try.
There were three conversions and a penalty from Corey Phillips as Trimsaran secured a bonus point win.
Trim now sit top of the table, unbeaten in their opening four games in the league, and they are now level on points with second placed Tumble who have played a game more.
On Saturday, January 15, Trimsaran travel to Tumble while Bynea will look to get back to winning ways when they host New Dock Stars.
PHOTO by Darren Harries
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