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Responsible Use of Antimicrobials in Sheep Production

The full version of the guidelines for Responsible use of Antimicrobials in sheep production are currently under revision.

RUMA guidelines for the responsible use of antimicrobials by sheep farmers have been designed to give easy-to-read guiding principles that can be used by sheep producers in the management of their flocks. Antimicrobials have, for decades, made a major contribution to continually improving sheep health and welfare. As such they are vital medicines for the treatment of bacterial infections in sheep.

The emergence of antimicrobial resistance as a serious problem in human medicine has prompted concerns that a crossover of resistance or resistant bacteria from livestock could take place into the human population (and vice versa). If this occurred the effectiveness of some medical antimicrobial treatments could be compromised.

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Responsible Use of Anthelmintics in Grazing Animals

RUMA Alliance member the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has issued guidance, supported by RUMA, on the use of anthelmintics in grazing animals in the form of a poster for display. The main points are that:

  • Resistance to anthelmintics in grazing animals is serious and increasing
  • If not checked resistance could have a catastrophic impact on animal welfare and economic production
  • Anthelmintics are a necessary option but their use must be judicious
  • Every application increases the risk

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Blowflies in Sheep

Blowflies are the most widespread ectoparasite affecting sheep in the UK, with surveys showing that every year 80% of flocks will have one or more cases of strike. If not properly controlled, this will result in serious welfare problems and reduced profitability in up to 500,000 sheep annually, says the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) programme.

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SCOPS revised leaflet on Blowfly Control

SCOPS has warned that weather conditions in 2011 have led to an early and high challenge from Blowflies.

To help sheep farmers plan and get the most from the products they choose, SCOPS have updated their leaflet on Blowfly control. This contains details of all the products available, the length of protection that can be expected if they are applied properly and withdrawal periods.

See www.nationalsheep.org.uk for more SCOPS information.

SCOPS Blowfly April 2011

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