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Sustainable Worm Control in Sheep

Sheep are affected by a range of internal parasites. The disease they cause incurs costs to the business due to loss in productivity and the cost of control.

The routine use of anthelmintics (wormers) combined with grazing management has controlled worms successfully in the majority of UK sheep flocks for nearly 40 years. However, this reliance on chemical treatment has come at the cost of the development of resistance to some of the anthelmintic chemicals used.

to the right you will find a link to a free 'Worm Control in Sheep' guide. it has been deisgned to help farmers develop a worm control plan and minimise the potential build-up of anthelmintic resistance on their farms. Produced in collaboration with AHDB Beef & Lamb and Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Meat Promotion Wales, this booklet is full of practical suggestions and follows guidelines set out by the Sustainable Control of Parasites (SCOPS) industry group.

QMS is proud to be a sponsor of the industry led group 'Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep' (SCOPS). The SCOPS group was formed to develop sustainable strategies for parasite control in sheep, facilitate and oversee the delivery of these recommendations to the industry and ensure that new research and development is incorporated to refine and improve advise given to the sheep industry. SCOPS produce an excellent nematodirus forecast.

QMS also sponsors the National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS) which produces a regional monthly parasite forecast for both sheep and cattle.