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Wet winter could mean more ewes need worming, SCOPS says
SCOPS recommends using loss of body condition score to identify which ewes to treat.
Producers urged to carefully consider which ewes to worm.

Following a wet winter in the UK, the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) group has said that more ewes might need targeted worming than in previous lambing seasons.

The weather conditions will have had an impact on the overall health of many ewes, and restrictions on sheep movement in some areas due to bluetongue may also have prevented ewes being moved to new pasture on some farms.

As blanket treatment can lead to the development of anthelmintic resistance, SCOPS recommends carefully targeting treatment for ewes which have seen a loss of body condition score, indicating that they are under nutritional stress.

Lesley Stubbings said: “If you just treat those females, which are the ones more likely to produce a high number of worm eggs in their dung, you can reduce the total amount of anthelmintic used this spring compared to blanket treating, without impacting production.

“If you’ve followed this approach before, it wouldn’t be surprising to find yourself treating a few more ewes this year than in previous seasons, given the pressure some ewes have been under.”

The recommended guidance used to be to treat all ewes at lambing time, but SCOPS has adjusted its advice in recent years based on new research.

Ms Stubbings added: “Healthy adult ewes in optimum body condition have good immunity to roundworms and will sustain this if they are well fed, even under the stress of lambing and rearing lambs.”

SCOPS urges producers to speak to their veterinary surgeon and/or animal health adviser about worming.

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Rabbit Awareness Week set to return this summer

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 Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) is returning this summer, running from 24-28 June 2024. The theme for this year will be 'Healthy Diet, Happy Bunnies'.

The focus on rabbits' diet comes after the most recent PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report report revealed that 42 per cent of veterinary professionals identified inappropriate diet as one of the five most important rabbit welfare issues that need to be address.

The campaign will include veterinary blogs, videos, and digital waiting room resources. Practices can sign up to receive updates about RAW. 

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CVS Group hit by cyber attack

CVS Group, which owns more than 450 veterinary practices in the UK, has been hit by a cyber attack.

In a statement, the group said the incident involved unauthorised external access to a limited number of its IT systems. As soon as the attack was discovered, the group took its IT systems temporarily offline, causing 'considerable operational disruption'.

It has warned that the security steps taken and ongoing plans to move its operational systems and IT infrastructure to the Cloud are likely to have an ongoing impact over a number of weeks.

Due to the risk that personal information was accessed, CVS has informed the Information Commissioner's Office. The company is working with third party consultants to investigate the incident.