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

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Vet Viewpoint: Lungworm, health plans and biosecurity

Autumn breeding decisions, biosecurity and health plans are the main talking points among XL Vet across the UK this month. There is also a warning on lungworm with sporadic cases…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Advice for dealing with fluke as high rainfall increases risk

High levels of rainfall have put livestock in Scotland, western England and northern parts of Wales at high risk of fluke. Producers in the South West should also be on…

FOOT HEALTH

Advice for quarantining incoming sheep to prevent lameness

Poor quarantine is one of the weakest links in the livestock sector, allowing disease to enter farms. Sheep vet consultant Fiona Lovatt from Flock Health says farmers need to start…

PARASITIC DISEASES

Hydatid disease in sheep: What it is and how to prevent it

Hydatid disease still represents a real health concern for sheep and farmers. The Welsh government attempted to eradicate the disease by launching a voluntary control programme in the 1980s. This…

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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…

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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

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

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Late season orange and purple wormer use increasing

More farmers are using the two newest classes of wormer to quarantine sheep and provide mid- to late-season worm control, say leading vets. Use of orange (Monepantel) and purple (Derquantel)…

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Farmers warned not to use jetters or showers to treat scab

Industry group Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (Scops) is reminding farmers and contractors not to use organophosphate (OP) products in jetters and showers. The warning echoes guidance, issued by…

SHEEP

Scops seeking sheep farmer to become chair elect

The Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (Scops) group is on the hunt for an active sheep farmer to fulfil the position of a chair elect. The candidate will help…

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…

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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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