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Toxoplasma – don’t forget unvaccinated shearlings

Toxoplasma gondii is the second most commonly diagnosed cause of sheep abortion, causing about a quarter of all diagnosed abortions in GB.

Enzootic abortion – vaccinate early if possible!

Enzootic abortion (EAE) is even more commonly diagnosed, causing up to one third of all diagnosed sheep abortions in GB.



Nematodirus is a tricky worm to guard young lambs against, because the level of risk is strongly linked to weather patterns, warns the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) Group.


In this episode of the Food & Farming podcast, AHDB’s Dr Nerys Wright is joined by independent sheep consultant and SCOPS representative Lesley Stubbings. They discuss the Nematodirus forecasting map for 2023 and details of the sheep element of the recently launch Defra funded animal health and welfare pathway.



NOAH has produced its latest review of the UK animal health sector. The NOAH Annual Review for 2022 and Outlook for 2023 looks at the major opportunities and challenges faced last year and how these were addressed.


The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has issued a statement in response to the UK Government’s publication of the Windsor Framework, which replaces the former Northern Ireland Protocol.


The celebration of the 10th ISVC, which is arriving in Spain to be held in Seville from 6 to 10 March, will turn the city of Seville into the epicentre of the sheep sector.


Following a small number of reports of overdosing, the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) group is urging sheep farmers to take care when using wormers and flukicides containing the active ingredient closantel.


The Sheep Antibiotic Guardian Group (SAGG) and Sheep Veterinary Society (SVS) have been made aware that there has been a faulty version of the Nottingham Sheep AMU calculator available online and we would urge all vets to check which version they are using and to re-download the most up-to-date version (3.5).


The inclusion of rumen fluke figures in faecal egg count (FEC) sample results isn’t necessarily a cause for concern, according to experts in the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) and Control of Cattle Parasites Sustainably (COWS) groups.


Although, as forecast, cases of disease due to liver fluke have remained relatively low so far this winter, there are reports of both acute and chronic disease in some areas of the UK.



The launch of the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway (AHWP).  The Animal Health and Welfare Pathway is a long-term, project partnership, co-designed by government and industry, across cattle, sheep, pig and poultry sectors to support continual improvement in health and welfare.



Two leading vet schools saw new student numbers slashed for the current academic year as overall enrolment fell by nearly 11%, UCAS figures have revealed.





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