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The Parasite Watch Farmers’ Stories

Find out how Parasite Watch has helped these farmers over the last three years by helping them detect parasites and sharing that data with UK sheep farmers across the country.

Sheep farming

10 Tremendous sheep farmers to follow on Twitter

Social media is not just fantastic for sharing insight and networking within the industry, it also helps to raise the profile of the job beyond the confines of those who work in agriculture. Thankfully there are plenty of users on Twitter who are doing a great job advocating the sheep farming industry through thought-provoking and engaging content. Here are a few of our favourites.

Sheep farming

Be prepared to give mid-summer fluke treatment to sheep

Acute fluke in sheep is expected to be a risk earlier this summer following the wet winter. This makes a mid-summer treatment vital to prevent significant losses . Despite the brief cold snap seen at the start of the year, it is expected the mud snail, which is the fluke’s intermediate host, will have thrived in the damp and wet conditions. This means there will be a build-up of infective metacercariae on many pastures, which develop into immature fluke when ingested. As a result, it is expected that there will be an earlier risk of immature fluke in grazing sheep this year, which can lead to death when not treated.

Sheep farming

‘Cocci’: a common suspect in lamb diarrhoea

Coccidiosis is caused by a very small parasite called Protozoa. A Protozoa is only made of a single cell. There are lots of different types of Protozoa; the one which causes Coccidiosis in sheep is called Eimeria. You may find up to 15 different species of Eimeria in lambs.

Sheep farming

How to prevent the most successful parasite in the world from infecting your flock

Toxoplasma is not a fussy parasite: it will happily infect any warm-blooded animal, even humans! In fact one third of the human population have toxoplasma cysts in their body. Most infected animals and people show little reaction to being infected, but it can cause serious problems in pregnant sheep, goats and women.

Sheep farming

Improving ewe fertility – improving profits

With the global demand for lamb increasing by a potential two and a half million tonnes by 2020, UK sheep farmers have to be in a position to take a share of this opportunity. Improved lamb survival and ensuring there is a no stragglers policy will obviously aid with this. There is, however, a large potential improvement by targeting ewe fertility to ensure a consistent lamb crop

Sheep farming

Nematodirus mass hatch warning as weather warms up

Sheep farmers are being urged to monitor Nematodirus risks on their farm with hatching expected to start within the next week. Warm spring weather has finally arrived and will bring with it a mass hatch of the infective larval stage of Nematodirus. These will have overwintered on pastures waiting for temperatures to regularly exceed 10oC

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Farmers – Sense of Purpose

We asked influencers in the industry why young people should choose farming as a career, see what they said!

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Treat parasites according to risk, not by time of the year

With no two years the same when it comes to parasite activity, farmers need to be aware of what is happening on their farm and take appropriate action based on the risk, rather than the time of year in order to prevent costly production losses.

Beef farming, Dairy farming, Pig farming, Sheep farming

Inspiring the Next Generation of Farmers – Career Choice

Remember the career advice you received in school? For most young people, the push to make even a vague decision about their future is bewildering.

Sheep farming

Controlling the spring rise

The spring rise is the relaxation of immunity around lambing. It allows ewe egg output to increase from overwintered worms, which contaminate the pastures and affects lambs.
Controlling the spring rise is an important part of parasite management in a flock.

Sheep farming

Liver fluke in sheep: Video series

Liver fluke in sheep is a threat that can quickly progress to become a big problem for you and your flock.

Sheep farming

Why every sheep farmer needs an effective quarantine procedure

Without a quarantine procedure, you risk infecting your flock with resistant parasites and other diseases. What this could do to your profits doesn’t bear thinking about. Here’s how to set up a simple, effective quarantine process for new or returning sheep.

Sheep farming

Infographic: 5 WAYS TO HELP ENSURE SUCCESSFUL QUARANTINE IN SHEEP

Quarantining your sheep is a staple for this time of year. It's so easy for diseases like worm, scab and other diseases to get in and out of your flock, that isolating incoming and returning stock could really benefit your farm.

Sheep farming

Parasite Watch 2017: Save money by spotting worm risks early.

Detection of parasites has been incredibly valuable for farmers involved in the Zoetis Parasite Watch Scheme this year.

Sheep farming

TUPPING TIME: THE EASY WAY TO TRANSFORM RAM VIRILITY

A ram’s health and virility are closely linked. When your rams are healthy and productive, your entire business, and bottom line, reaps the benefits. Here’s how to make tupping season feel less like a lottery.

Sheep farming

4 simple ways to improve ewe fertility

When it comes to your flock, you don’t need us to tell you that healthier pregnancies tend to result in healthier profits. Here are four tried and tested methods for improving ewe fertility to ensure a successful lambing season.

Beef farming, Sheep farming

Why every farmer needs to know about R.A.B.I

Farming can be incredibly unpredictable. That’s no secret. Yet if something unexpected left you struggling financially, wouldn’t it be reassuring to know that help was available? To raise awareness of their grants, a leading farming charity is asking farmers like you to join them in their upcoming campaign – the Farmhouse Breakfast.

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SHEEP DRENCH AND FLUKE WORMS: GET READY FOR AUTUMN

As the year progresses, it’s time to start thinking about the autumn parasite challenges, we’ve seen some very high worm egg counts this year which could continue into the tupping season. Continuation of the current warm, wet weather could result in us seeing an earlier fluke challenge too.

Parasite Watch, Sheep farming

PARASITE WATCH 2017: PARASITE CHECKS

Results from farms involved in the Zoetis Parasite Watch scheme shows that areas which have seen warm and dry weather followed by sudden wet weather, such as South West Scotland and Wales have seen a rise in worm egg counts.

Sheep farming

INFOGRAPHIC: How to control flies around your flock

Flies aren’t just a nuisance, they also carry diseases, bite and irritate your flock for much of the year. But here's the good news; you can stop them from taking a bite out of your farm’s profits.Take a look at our infographic to learn why you should tackle flies early and how to do it.

Sheep farming

Parasite Watch Update: Mixed worm infestation makes faecal egg counting critical

Sheep farmers are being advised to find out what the worm challenge is on their farm after farms across the country reported mixed infestations from faecal egg counts. Read more on how Parasite Watch is continuing to give informed choices to farms across the UK.

Beef farming, Dairy farming, Parasite Watch, Sheep farming

Flies: annoying your herd, your flock and you!

By the time you notice cattle or sheep being troubled by flies, a population explosion is already taking place! Discover how you can take action to prevent flies impacting your herd, your flock and you!

Sheep farming

THE COMPLETE DRENCH CHECK GUIDE FOR SHEEP FARMERS

Sheep farmers can now see first-hand the cost of using the wrong wormer on their farm thanks to a free app and online tool. The Sheep Drench Cost Calculator will help farmers, in conjunction with their advisors, decide which wormers to use on their farm.

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Parasite Watch update: Stomach worms cause early challenge as weather warms up

Faecal egg counts taken in April from farms across the country involved in the Parasite Watch scheme have been showing some heavy challenges from stomach worms.

Parasite Watch, Sheep farming

The Nematodirosis risk

Nematodirus can cause explosive outbreaks of disease and even death amongst young grazing lambs.

Parasite Watch, Sheep farming

To act or not to act: Putting real-time parasite risks on the map

The Parasite Watch scheme run by Zoetis, is now in its second year. The 18 farms involved in the scheme will have faecal samples taken every two weeks, which will help detect major stomach worms and Nematodirus.

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The 2017 worm threat: It's unpredictable

For most areas of the UK, feedback suggests that last year was one with low to moderate roundworm burdens. Where this was identified using good diagnostics, economies from using fewer wormer treatments were possible with manageable risk rather than a fingers crossed approach.

Beef farming, Dairy farming, Sheep farming

BLUETONGUE – IS IT A THREAT IN 2017?

In 2016 we saw the re-emergence of BTV-8 in France, the virus being the same as the one involved in the 2008-2009 outbreak of Bluetongue.

Sheep farming

Controlling worms in sheep: The Spring Rise

Parasitic gastroenteritis is the primary production limiting disease of sheep in the UK. The Spring Rise is a relaxation of immunity in the ewe around the period of lambing.

Sheep farming

How to treat footrot in sheep

Footrot is one of the main causes of lameness in sheep, but what is the cost and what are the treatments available?

Sheep farming

A Guide on Preparing for Lambing Success

Lamb losses are detrimental to farm profits. Most occur during pregnancy, or in the first week of life and there are common culprits. The reasons for loss should be monitored and recorded, to target reductions up to the point of sale.

Parasite Watch, Sheep farming

Clostridia Disease – How to Vaccinate and Protect Against It

Clostridial diseases have been a livestock issue for hundreds of years and affect species all around the world. Unfortunately, sudden death is often the first sign a farmer will see that clostridia are present. Find out which are the most common clostridia and how to vaccinate against them.

Sheep farming

Sheep Lice: The chewing insect affecting your flock

Lice are dependent on a host for their survival. When your sheep become the host, lice can spread quickly and rapidly between them. They irritate a sheep’s skin and can lead to weight loss, but also reduce the value of the wool. If you want to successfully treat them, accurate diagnosis is vital.

Parasite Watch, Sheep farming

Sheep Quarantine: 5 Key Tips

If new or returning sheep are not quarantined it is not only a disease risk but can also waste your time and money. Resistant worms are then much more likely to be introduced to your flock with incoming animals and your usual treatments may not kill them.

Beef farming, Dairy farming, Sheep farming

You’re a busy farmer. That’s why you need this livestock farming website.

Livestock Farming is a site built to help you conquer the challenges of Britain’s toughest business. Read more.

Sheep farming

Ram MOT's: How to achieve peak performance & maximise profitability

Rather than wait to see how your ram performs at tupping time, give him a ram MOT beforehand. A surprisingly high number of rams that appear to be healthy experience problems during the mating season. Yet many of these issues can be ironed out in advance.

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Infographic: Cost of Fluke in Sheep

Fluke in sheep is a threat to more than an individual farm. This parasitic worm is extremely well adapted and can be deadly, but the wider impact of infection could cost the UK agricultural industry up to £300m every year.

Sheep farming

Preparation for Tupping: How to achieve a high lambing yield

Farmers want a high lambing percentage to increase profits, but poor planning can lead to poor performance. For success this tupping season be sure to read our post!

Parasite Watch, Sheep farming

STARTECT: The Importance of Dual Active Wormers

Efficient sheep production relies on effective resistance management. Until this is part of a robust flock plan; money is being wasted all over the country. The reality is that most, if not all, UK sheep farms will already have some worms that carry resistance genes affecting production.

Sheep farming

Marketing Lambs: How to get the best price for your lambs

How do you get the best price for your lambs? Focus on the buyer. Deliver what they want, when they want it and you’ll make the greatest financial return on your flock.

Parasite Watch, Sheep farming

STARTECT®: Discover the website and a chance to win an iPad Mini!

If you’re a farmer, vet or animal health advisor working in the sheep farming industry the new Zoetis STARTECT® website is for you. The site is full of materials to help you in the fight against worm resistance, including educational videos, and useful information on the benefits of dual active wormers. All of the reference materials and advice is free to access.

Parasite Watch, Sheep farming

KEEP FLIES AWAY FROM YOUR FLOCK

Flies are not only an annoyance to your flock; they also spread diseases and cost you money. Often most types of fly arrive at the same time every year, which means you could outsmart them. Find out which flies are prevalent when and how to best keep these pests under control.

Parasite Watch, Sheep farming

Infographic: Cost of Worm Resistance in Sheep

Did you know worm resistance costs the UK sheep farming industry £84 million every year? Find out why this is the case and how you can stop it by reading our infographic below.

Parasite Watch, Sheep farming

NSA Sheep Event 2016: Our Experience

Whilst we all enjoy the Great British Summer, our team made the journey to attend the National Sheep Association’s NSA Sheep 2016 event at the three counties show ground in Worcestershire. With a multitude of stands filled with things from feed to shearers, weighing equipment to drenches – it was always going to be a fantastic day for attendees. This was the case for our team on the Zoetis stand as our team spoke to so many hundreds of farmers throughout the day, mainly about our dual active Knockout drench: STARTECT.

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Two Knockout Drench options, but only one dual-active

Of the two wormers suitable for use as a Knockout Drench in lambs, vet Dave Armstrong points out that the group five product STARTECT® is the only dual-active treatment.

Sheep farming

TURNING POOR PERFORMANCE INTO LONG TERM GAIN: WEIGHING LAMBS

If you think ahead for a minute to the time when most of this year's lamb crop will have been sold, what are the chances that you'll have a small but embarrassing group of stragglers that refuse to reach saleable condition?

Beef farming, Dairy farming, Sheep farming

Bluetongue threat to the UK

There has been much information on bluetongue in the press of late discussing the risk of a disease incursion into the UK.

Parasite Watch, Sheep farming

Parasite Watch Update – June 2016

Welcome to the very first Parasite Watch update; the free service keeping UK sheep farmers up-to-date. Read the latest news from around the country.

Sheep farming

#Lambing16: Key Stories From The Season (Part 3)

Hello all and welcome to the Livestock Farming blog. This post is the final part of a 3-part series about #Lambing16, with our guest sheep farmers Jodi, James, Gillian & Ian, and Rachel & Shaun who are farmers from various areas of the UK. This final post of the series is about the farmers looking forward to #Lambing17 and what they will do differently given what they’ve learned.

Sheep farming

#Lambing16: Key Stories From The Season (Part 2)

This post is the second part of our 3-part series about #Lambing16. Sharing their experiences, we have Jodi, James, Gillian & Ian, and Rachel & Shaun. This week’s post is a rollercoaster of emotions with the shepherds and shepherdesses sharing their best and worst moments of #Lambing16.

Beef farming, Dairy farming, Sheep farming

DIY early warning of fly population explosion

By the time you notice cattle or sheep being troubled by flies, a population explosion is already taking place. However, it's easy and cheap to make some fly traps and then keep an eye on them every few days for an early warning that fly numbers are on the rise.

Sheep farming

#Lambing16: Key Stories from the Season (Part 1)

This post is one of a 3-part series about #Lambing16, with sheep farmers from around the UK sharing their stories and experiences. As guests we have Jodi, James, Gillian & Ian, and Rachel & Shaun who are farmers from various areas of the UK – including a remotes island!

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Parasite Watch farmer seeks evidence-based decisions

The first treatment decision prompted by Parasite Watch for Alan Smellie near Peebles was to do nothing at all. On account of the mild wet winter and good number of ewes spending time on known high fluke risk ground, his 1,200 ewes were tested for liver fluke before lambing.

Beef farming, Dairy farming, Parasite Watch, Sheep farming

Clostridia diseases: How to protect your livestock

The sudden death of livestock is every farmers’ worst fear. Not only is it upsetting and stressful, it’s also extremely costly. Yet productive animals are lost to Clostridial diseases on a daily basis. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way.

Parasite Watch, Sheep farming

Watch out for Nematodirosis

Parasitic gastro-enteritis (PGE) (worm scours) will affect all lambs to a greater or lesser degree and as such are a key concern for sheep farmers everywhere. It can be caused by many different worm species, but the two most important in the UK are Teladorsagia circumcincta and Nematodirus battus.

Parasite Watch, Sheep farming

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SHEEP FROM LIVER FLUKE

A change in season can bring with it a potentially deadly disease for sheep. We inspect the mud snails that host parasitic fluke to reveal when an attack is most likely and how to spot the signs.

Parasite Watch, Sheep farming

Introducing Parasite Watch: a free service for UK sheep farmers

Parasite Watch: the free service from Zoetis, keeping UK sheep farmers up-to-date with the latest news and forecasts of parasites affecting your flock.

Parasite Watch, Sheep farming

The Unpredictable 2016 Sheep Parasite Threat

2015 was a great year for farmers. Get complacent though and you will quickly discover the severe parasite threat that the UK can expect for 2016. Check the news here to see how Zoetis will keep you up-to-date.

Beef farming, Dairy farming, Sheep farming

Welcome to the Livestock Farming blog

Hello and a very warm welcome to the Livestock Farming blog. This is a space for the UK livestock farming community to keep up to date with industry news, trends and insights.

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