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1575: Bog asphodel and fell lamb losses

This paper is summarised from “Fell farmers share poisonous plant experience” on the RDPE Livestock NW programme website written by Adrian Capstick

Year of Publication2012

At a meeting organised by Cumbria Farmer Network for a farmer group in the south east of the county, it was heard how some farmers in agri-environment schemes are now suffering with up to 40% lamb losses due to the yellow-flowering bog asphodel. Farmers travelled from outside the area, Lancashire and County Durham, to put their heads together on how best to manage the deadly plant, as it became clear that this is a widespread problem that isn’t going to go away.

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