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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

Clean grazing plan prevents worm problems

25th August 2021

Wiltshire organic dairy farmer Dai Wilson ensures all first season grazing calves go out into fields that have not had cattle the previous 12 months. The clean grazing policy at Starveall Farm, Bishopstone keeps any potential worm populations to a minimum, saving time and money in products and administration. “We haven’t had liver fluke or … Continued

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