The National Sheep Association (NSA) is writing to every sheep
producer in the UK this week (w/e 8th September 2006) highlighting
how individual farmers can help with the declared industry initiative
to rid the national flock of scab.
Dipping with an OP is the gold standard scab control system.
“It is only by working together – through a co-ordinated
and determined effort – that we will achieve our aim,” comments
NSA chief executive Peter Morris. “Scab is so easily spread
from flock-to-flock that it is vital every sheep producer takes
responsibility for their own animals as soon as possible, and is
able to deal promptly with any problems should they arise. This
is why we’re giving producers as much information as we can
at this early stage.”
Every UK sheep producer is receiving a factsheet on scab showing
how to recognise the disease. Sponsored by Coopers Ectoforce, the
information leaflet also provides details on the available scab
control products and the optimum, gold standard system for broad-spectrum
sheep ectoparasite control – dipping with an OP.
“We’re urging every producer to undertake a flock risk assessment
this autumn, seek veterinary advice where appropriate and then discuss plans
with their neighbours to maximise the benefits of collective actions. Farmers
must act now,” Peter Morris says.
The sheep industry declared an all-out offensive on scab at Sheep 2006 on August
2nd. The NSA is leading the initiative with widespread support from the English,
Welsh and Scottish Farming Unions, sheep producers and industry stakeholders.
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