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Getting together to eradicate sheep scab.

SHEEP farming brothers Dafydd and John Jones from near Machynlleth, are pioneering a programme to eradicate sheep scab in their local area.

It involves 30 farmers co-operating to eradicate sheep scab and minimise the risk of its reintroduction.

The initiative began at a meeting attended by 19 of the target farmers.

"First, we have to admit that we have sheep scab in the area," said Dafydd Jones. "Then the process is to educate ourselves about the problem, work together to eradicate sheep scab, and establish long term defences."

The plan involves preventative scab treatments across the initiative's entire catchment area within the months of January and September, using an OP dip or injectable moxidectinbased Cydectin 2% LA for its licensed 60-day persistency.

Using the injectable treatment, January can replace pre-lambing use, and administering at the same time as scanning meant empty ewes could be segregated before treatment and sold without a meat withhold period to observe.

Vet Hugh Williams, involved in the initiative, says as long as all farmers in the area comply, with 100% of sheep treated/dipped correctly, the scab mite can be eradicated. Maintaining scab-free status would then require effective biosecurity.

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Farmer Dafydd Jones, left, and vet Hugh Williams, among those involved in the sheep scab eradication initiative
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 31, 2011
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