Things to do now

Always read the label and ask advice from a vet, vet pharmacist or SQP before deciding which product to use

Things to do now

Always weigh cattle or use a weigh band to calculate the correct dose for each animal

Things to do now

Check meat and milk withdrawal periods for each product before administration

Things to do now

For advice on managing parasite infections in sheep visit www.scops.org.uk

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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.

COWS funders

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.

Latest Press

A statement from SCOPS and COWS on Anthelmintics and the Environment

22nd June 2021

SCOPS and COWS Principles are based on the responsible use of medicines such as anthelmintics, flukicides, and ectoparasiticides. Our aim is to ensure these products are only used when necessary and ideally supported by a diagnosis or a risk assessment that confirms the need to protect animals from a genuine risk of disease.  This approach … Continued

Complete a survey and possibly win an iPad

3rd June 2021

The University of Liverpool and the National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS) have launched a study to investigate the current parasite control practices of UK cattle farmers. All farmers are encouraged to fill in a short questionnaire about how they worm their cattle each year. Respondents will be put into a draw to win an … Continued

Test before treating calves with wormer this spring

25th February 2021

Experts from the Control of Worms Sustainably (COWS) group are urging dairy and suckler beef producers with autumn-born calves, to think carefully about their worm control programme this spring. Testing and treating calves only when needed might be a better way forward than using traditional routine worming programmes, which can select for resistance. “This has … Continued

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COWS Members

  • AgriSearch
  • AHDA
  • AHDB
  • AMTRA
  • Animal and Plant Health Agency
  • Bishopton Veterinary Group
  • British Cattle Veterinary Association
  • Farm First Vets
  • HCC
  • Mark Jelley
  • Moredun
  • NFU
  • NOAH
  • QMS
  • SRUC
  • University of Liverpool
  • Veterinary Medicines Directorate