The whole of the UK is now at high-risk from nematodirus hatch, sheep farmers are being warned.
“The UK has now reached the temperatures required for hatching of nematodirus,” warns industry-led group Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS).
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Lambs between six to 12 weeks of age are at particular risk and experts are advising farmers to start monitoring parasitic worms using faecal egg counts as a guide to when to start treating.
SCOPS advises farmers to use a white (1-BZ) drench to treat lambs at risk.
For more information on best practice and treatment guideline SCOPS’ website