A forecast has been launched to help sheep farmers respond to the annual spring disease threat to young lambs as the UK could be in for a ‘high-risk’ season.
It may not feel like it in parts of the UK hit by ‘The Beast from the East’ and Storm Emma, but spring is just around the corner – and with it the annual deadly threat from the roundworm Nematodirus in lambs.
Responding to the speed with which this parasite can hit, the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) group is providing a new forecasting tool, developed by the Bristol Veterinary School.
An interactive map with a traffic light system of warnings is provided alongside practice advice for assessing on-farm risk.
“Farmers can no longer rely on a standard timetable of treatments to avoid disease, hence the important role of this easy-to-use forecast. Sheep farmers, vets and advisers can all use it to assess regional and local risk.”