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.

Advice and tips

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Winter housing: How to deal with lice in cattle

Lice in cattle cause intense irritation, causing animals to scratch and rub. Not only can this become a welfare issue, but it can have severe consequences on productivity through reduced…

PARASITIC DISEASES

Q&A: Advice on worming cattle at housing

Endoparasites pose a significant threat to cattle health and performance, with the presence of worms causing a reduction in appetite which leads to poor growth. Worms can be challenging on…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Q&A: How to tackle neospora in cattle

Neospora is a parasite that infects dairy and beef cattle, causing abortion and stillbirth. Evidence suggests its prevalence in the UK is growing. So what can farmers do to protect…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

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…

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Case studies

SHEEP

How remote parasite monitoring cuts labour and resistance

Fast and accurate faecal egg counts (FECs) are slowing the rate of anthelmintic resistance and saving on labour for a large Scottish Borders sheep operation. Farmers Weekly visited Bowhill Farming…

LIVESTOCK

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

PARASITIC DISEASES

Video: How farmers are uniting to eradicate sheep scab

Sheep scab is a huge problem and if left untreated can affect a sheep's health and severely impact a sheep business. One mite is enough to spread the disease and…

SHEEP

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

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Farmers urged to plan parasite control now for grazing season

Sheep and cattle farmers are being reminded that January is the ideal time to plan and review the farm’s parasite control strategy ahead of the coming grazing season. Such preparation…

LIVESTOCK

Vets report explosion of lungworm cases in cattle

Vets are reporting unprecedented levels of clinical lungworm in cattle for this time of year. Late autumn is not commonly associated with clinical infection in cattle, but vets say the…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Vet Viewpoint: Advice on sheep fertility, tapeworm and TB

With anecdotal reports of higher-than-usual barren rates in flocks, vets are stressing that farmers should get pre-breeding checks carried out on rams prior to tupping. For those that have already…

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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Video

PARASITIC DISEASES

Video: How farmers are uniting to eradicate sheep scab

Sheep scab is a huge problem and if left untreated can affect a sheep's health and severely impact a sheep business. One mite is enough to spread the disease and…

LIVESTOCK

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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