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    Liver Fluke in Roe

    What is the mortality (roughly) rate for roe with liver fluke? I have been told that mortality is very very high, any opinions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tikka2506 View Post
    What is the mortality (roughly) rate for roe with liver fluke? I have been told that mortality is very very high, any opinions?

    Well, all the liver fluke I have seen in Roe has been post mortem. Cause of death, sudden trauma.

    I find it difficult to relate the mortality to the fluke.

    Stan

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    I would have said very low. Any that I have seen that had liver fluke died from a 117 grainer and were otherwise very healthy!

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    I know what you are saying, all the ones i have seen also fell fowl to high speed lead!!! Is/has there any research been done on the subject?

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    In severe years, it can be very high. The roe liver seems quite susceptible, but this may just be a size issue.

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    Not very scientific I know but I found a dead yearling roebuck last year that had no other signs other than chronic liver fluke. We also had no twins on the estate here where I live 2011/12 and every roe I shot had evidence of fluke. Thankfully after a dry spring/summer we seem to have plenty of twins.

    Buchan did an excellent talk on the subject recently!

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    2012 was the worst year for liver fluke that ANYONE can remember, no doubt encouraged by the incessant wet weather!!

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    And this year may be no better!

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    I don't want to speak too soon, but not been anywhere as bad this year as last (in our parts). Last year I saw a few cows with a belly full of fluid due to fluke and I've never seen that before...........

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    Same here (NW England & SW Scotland wet ground with lots of sheep) animals culled this year from April onwards have been much lower burden with 2 beasts completely free of liver fluke.

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