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Calls to provide funding for sheep scab in Wales
"It is hoped that better disease management and control will eventually lead to sheep scab freedom in Wales"

Industry group responds to report on insidious disease 

An industry-led group is calling on the government to provide funding to help eradicate sheep scab in Wales.
 
The call from the Welsh sheep scab industry group comes in response to its report (published 7 November) which makes a number of recommendations for the control of the disease. Compiled by farming unions, veterinary practitioners and industry stakeholders, the report recognises the need for treatment to be coordinated across neighbouring premises.

Sheep scab is an insidious disease that has serious welfare implications for infected sheep. Previous attempts to eradicate the disease have had limited success, in part due to treatment plans which have attempted to control the disease on a farm-by-farm basis.

The group says that, if funded, it would put a sheep scab control programme in place which would increase the chance of neighbouring farms working together to eliminate this disease.

The National Sheep Association, which helped compile the report, said: “It is this fresh perspective on the disease that makes the recommendations within this industry-led report a more holistic and workable approach to disease control. It is hoped that better disease management and control will eventually lead to sheep scab freedom in Wales.

“It is now crucial that sufficient funding is provided to allow the recommendations in this collaborative industry-led report to come to fruition.”
 

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 Animal lovers are being urged to nominate their pet heroes for the Blue Cross Medal 2019.

Celebrating inspirational pets for almost 80 years, the Award is open to pets that have done something brave, life-changing partnerships, assistance animals and serving or working animals.

To find out more about the awards and to nominate a pet, visit www.bluecross.org.uk/medal. The closing date for entries is 15 February 2019.  

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