Warble Fly

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th November 1967.

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Photo of Sir John Gilmour Sir John Gilmour , Fife East 12:00 am, 29th November 1967

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what estimate he has made as to the number of cattle which receive treatment against infestation by warble fly.

Photo of Mr John Mackie Mr John Mackie , Enfield East

I cannot estimate the exact number, but a survey of over 15,000 herds made in 1966 showed that about 7 per cent. of them had been treated with systemic insecticides.

Photo of Sir John Gilmour Sir John Gilmour , Fife East

In view of the damage to hides caused by warble fly will the Minister consider a scheme under which notification will be given to people who sell fat cattle, whether their hides were so infected after the animal was killed?

Photo of Mr John Mackie Mr John Mackie , Enfield East

We are directing a lot of publicity to farmers. It would be administratively difficult to carry out the hon. Member's suggestion, but I will look into the matter.