What is COWS?
Control Of Worms Sustainably (COWS) is a voluntary initiative aiming to provide the best available, evidence-based information to the beef and dairy cattle industries in relation to the sustainable control of both internal and external parasites.
As a voluntary initiative, COWS is kindly funded by: AgriSearch, AHDB, AHDA, AHDB Beef & Lamb, AHDB Dairy, AMTRA, HCC, NFU, NOAH and QMS. COWS also works closely with SCOPS.
Incredible video shows all the stages of the liver fluke lifecycle
26th November 2021
COWS has uploaded a video of the different stages of the liver fluke parasite from egg-laying adult to egg-laying adult. Moving images prove to be much more powerful than any Life Cycle drawn on a piece of paper, and really hit home how fascinating and potentially pervasive these parasites are. See the video here This … Continued
Make sustainable choices for parasite treatments in young cattle at housing
1st November 2021
Housing is a good time to treat calves for internal and external parasites. However, doing what has always been done routinely in the past, may not be the way forward this year Traditionally young calves are treated at housing with broad-spectrum products to kill a range of parasites including roundworms, lungworms, liver fluke, lice and … Continued
Fluke warning from COWS and SCOPS as treatment options reduce
12th October 2021
A dry, cool spring across most of the UK, followed by some hot, dry spells over the summer, means the liver fluke risk is generally going to be low this autumn and winter. However, the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) and Control of Cattle Parasites Sustainably (COWS) groups say producers need to test … Continued