Scab is key concern for UK sheep sector

Sheep scap will be one of the main topics for discussion at this year's NSA Sheep Event

Tackling sheep scab will be one of the discussion topics at this year's NSA Sheep Event in Malvern
Sheep scab

The ongoing frustration faced by many farmers in the continuing battle against sheep scab means it remains a major source of economic loss and continues to be listed by NSA members as a priority for the sheep sector.

Tackling sheep scab is therefore the topic for one of the seminars at this year’s NSA Sheep Event being held at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern at the end of July.

Joanne Briggs of NSA said: “It is part of a number of sessions under the event’s umbrella theme of Securing the future of the UK sheep industry.

“Scab is a significant health and welfare problem that greatly reduces revenue; there are many barriers to its control and therefore talking about coordinated action against the disease remains an industry priority.”

Following the English Stamp Out Scab Project in 2013/14, an initiative to raise awareness of this disease, the seminar titled ‘Tackling sheep scab, a collaborative approach ’ will look at what the industry needs to be doing to keep on top of the disease and if eradication can ever be achieved.

Kate Phillips of ADAS, who helped deliver the project, will be guest speaker at the seminar.

She said: “The project aimed to increase awareness and provide a common understanding of sheep scab across the entire industry.

“Practical measures such as accurate diagnosis, correct administration of treatments and biosecurity measures are all fundamental in helping to control the disease.”

“However, responsibility does not just fall to farmers. Everyone involved with sheep from hauliers to scanners has a role to play if we are to eradicate scab completely.”

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