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NEW Scottish Government Blue tongue leaflet

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Wide fluctuations in temperature, weather patterns and topography means the nematodirus threat continues to be hugely variable for sheep flocks up and down the UK – which is why the traffic light warning system built into the Nematodirus Forecast provided by the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) group is so valuable to sheep farmers.


The Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) group is pleased to release the newest version of its popular ‘Know Your Anthelmintics Groups’ guide, which is a free and widely-used resource in the sheep sector.


he British Veterinary Association (BVA) has unveiled its latest three-year strategic plan setting out how it will deliver on its long-term goals and support the profession. It includes three new over-arching themes – People, Animals, Planet; a One Health approach, which has never been more pressing than in this time of climate emergency.


Sustained wet weather has put ewes under pressure this winter, meaning loss of body condition score (BCS) will be a valuable guide when deciding which ewes to worm around lambing.

That is the message from experts within the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) group, which is continuing to urge producers to move away from blanket worming of ewes and towards a more targeted approach.


The Northern Ireland Branch of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the North of Ireland Veterinary Association have jointly elected Dr. Sharon Verner as their new President.


Welcome to the first RH&W newsletter of 2024
Our important work continues with our focus now on developing a beef welfare strategy with the working group as well as progressing the welfare goals identified in the dairy and sheep strategies through 2024


The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has broadly welcomed the publication of the Government’s plans to reform the Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR) in Great Britain. The proposed amendments to the 2013 Regulations follow a consultation last year, which BVA jointly responded to alongside several of its specialist divisions.


Defra has announced that we are now in a seasonally vector low period when midge activity is much lower, leading to some changes to disease control measures for BTV-3.


The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the UK Government’s commitment to finding a permanent solution to the impending threat to Northern Ireland’s access to veterinary medicines as a result of the UK’s leaving the European Union. Today, the Government has established the new Veterinary Medicines Working Group, which will explore options to safeguard supply.


Please can you help circulate the link to the 2024 UK lambing survey for livestock keepers from Nottingham University: This study is a repeat of a survey by the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Science and Medicine during the initial outbreak of Schmallenberg virus in Europe in 2012/13 and again during the outbreak in 2017.

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