Know How / Parasitic diseases

Find out more about parasitic diseases in cattle and sheep. See alerts for seasonal diseases such as blowfly and fluke. Check symptoms, treatments and prevention for coccidiosis and cryptosporidium in calves, how to test for wormer resistance, take faecal egg counts and control sheep scab.

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How to tackle cryptosporidium in calves

Cryptosporidiosis is the major cause of calf scour in UK beef and dairy herds and has been identified in samples from more than 40% of diagnosed infectious diarrhoea cases. Infected…

PARASITIC DISEASES

Q&A: How to prevent and treat coccidiosis in calves

Coccidiosis is an intestinal disease usually seen in young beef and dairy calves aged between three weeks and six months. Infection is chiefly dependent on the level of challenge they…

PARASITIC DISEASES

How to test for wormer resistance in sheep

Testing for wormer resistance is vital to enable farmers to put effective worm control plans in place. Wormer resistance costs the UK sheep industry £84m each year. Almost all farms (94%)…

PARASITIC DISEASES

Fly strike warning as warm, wet weather continues

Fly strike cases in sheep are increasing rapidly after warmer- and wetter-than-average weather in many parts of the UK created ideal conditions for blowfly and other parasites to thrive. An…

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Case studies

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How salivary testing could help breed worm-resistant ewes

Kent sheep farmers Hugh and Pauline Skinner, who farm in Sissinghurst, near Tunbridge Wells, have been using  faecal egg count (FEC) information for the past 13 years and have reduced…

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Insights

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Wormer trial shows faecal egg counting can cut drench costs

A research project has found using new technology and faecal egg counting can help halve drench use and save money and time. The Techion Group/Sainsbury’s project, looking at remote location…

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News

PARASITIC DISEASES

Livestock farmers urged not to be complacent about fluke

Beef, dairy and sheep farmers are being urged to consider the continuing risk of liver fluke in their flocks and herds this autumn. Experts from the Sustainable Control Of Parasites…

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Wormer resistance case a wake-up call for best practice

The UK’s first case of resistance to a monepantel wormer is a wake-up call for sheep farmers and advisers to follow best practice guidelines, an industry expert has warned. It has…

PARASITIC DISEASES

Fly strike warning as warm, wet weather continues

Fly strike cases in sheep are increasing rapidly after warmer- and wetter-than-average weather in many parts of the UK created ideal conditions for blowfly and other parasites to thrive. An…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Roadshows aim to help farmers tackle sheep scab

A nationwide series of roadshows highlighting the threat of scab in UK sheep flocks will take place later this summer. The roadshows will feature sheep disease specialists, consultants and dipping…

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Video

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Video: How automated drench gun could cut resistance

Newton Rigg College is one of the first places in the country to be using an automated drench gun, which administers the correct dose of medicine based on the exact…

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