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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,

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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