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Sheep scab

An organic farm near Machynlleth is taking part in a pioneering programme to eradicate sheep scab in their area, by working with over 30 neighbouring sheep farmers. Brothers Dafydd and John Jones of Maesterran say that one problem is the window of opportunity for scab mites between the traditional use of OP dips by some farmers in the autumn, and the use of injectable scab treatments by others before lambing in the spring. In January, scanning in particular is seen as a potential vector for flock-to-flock transmission of scab mites. With this in mind, the plan involves preventive scab treatments across the initiative's entire catchment area from January to September, using either an OP dip or an injectable moxidectin-based product licensed with 60-day persistency.

Maesterran is hosting the National Sheep Event on 18 May, where OCW will have a stand. read more   

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