Farmers help needed to tackle killer disease

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Farmers are asked to help take part in a survey with the aim of wiping out a disease which kills lambs.

Mike Sanderson – NFU Cumbrian county adviser, said: “Saut is Cumbrian dialect for a problem which affects sheep in wet upland areas.

“They eat a plant called Bog Asphodel and this poisons them. It causes them to be sensitive to sunlight and they then suffer from scabby ears and backs ,and in severe cases it kills them. It mainly affects lambs.

“Natural England is willing to put a bit of money up to do some research and try and get to the bottom of it.

“If you are bothered by Saut, please complete a smple survey so we can find out exactly where the problem areas are.”

Contact Shirley Muir. at shirley@thefarmernetwork.co.uk.