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Endemic diseases
Sheep farmers warned of an early hatch of parasites

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SHEEP farmers throughout the UK are being warned to be alert for a ‘mass hatch’ of overwintered parasites as the weather warms up this spring.

The Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) initiative is giving a week-by-week update on the risk posed by Nematodirus battus in different regions of the UK on its website, www.scops.org.uk

In Wales, Farming Connect is warning of an increased risk of earlier N battus infections in young lambs this year. It notes that a rapid change from colder to warmer temperatures increases the risk of infection, and is advising farmers to be vigilant during the current mild spring. It is predicting …

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