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Cold snaps have not been enough to reduce liver fluke risk say COWS experts

7th February 2023

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. This means livestock farmers must not drop their guard, warn experts in the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) and Control … Continued

Testing for roundworms reduces wormer use

19th January 2023

Routine testing of cattle dung for roundworm eggs throughout the summer has led to less use of wormers, reducing cost and the stress and effort of rounding up first season grazers, on three cattle farms near Preston in the North West of England. All three farmers, clients of vet Rob Howe of LLM Farm Vets … Continued

Testing this winter is key to liver fluke control

12th December 2022

The level of liver fluke is forecast to be relatively low for much of the UK, but the risk to grazing livestock on individual farms is becoming less predictable. That is the warning from experts in the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) and Control of Cattle Parasites Sustainably (COWS) groups, who say diagnostic … Continued

New guide published ‘Liver fluke control in grazing livestock’

22nd November 2022

A new practical guide on how to control liver fluke on beef and sheep farms has been published. Compiled by leading liver fluke experts, independent sheep consultant Lesley Stubbings, Dr Philp Skuce of the Moredun Research Institute and COWS member Professor Diana Williams of the University of Liverpool, the booklet has been written and produced … Continued

Test before treating against cattle parasites at housing

1st November 2022

Cattle worming experts are urging farmers to test animals before giving anthelmintics at or around housing this year, to check if they are really needed. Unnecessary blanket treatments are a waste of farmers’ time, effort and money and can encourage anthelmintic resistance, meaning products may not work in future. Traditionally first season grazing dairy calves … Continued

Be aware of coughing cattle this autumn

7th October 2022

Recent discussions with experts at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), have raised concerns around potential issues of grazing cattle in late summer and autumn 2022. Farmers are warned to remain vigilant for signs of lungworm following reports of coughing in grazing cattle, consistent with lungworm infection. Outbreaks can … Continued