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Subclinical Disease in Sheep


Proactive monitoring and investigation of subclinical disease is an element of farming and veterinary work which is often overlooked in the sheep sector, where frequently we only see investigations into such conditions after clinical cases have come to light, and animals have already been lost. By the time clinical disease has manifested, other animals in the group may have been suffering in a subclinical capacity for some time, the unseen cost of which cannot be recouped.

Worming Regimes for Sheep

This article was written by Bob Norquoy, a partner in our neighbouring practice, Northvet, in Orkney.  It summarises how the approach to worming has changed in recent years.


With the emergence of and increased awareness of resistance in sheep worms to anthelmintics,  there have been significant changes in the regimes used for worming sheep compared with several years ago when regular and blanket worming was the norm. The SCOPS (Sustainable Control of Parasites of Sheep) project has been useful in producing a technical manual which is a useful resource for both vets and farmers in planning worming regimes for sheep flocks.

There are several key issues which should be addressed in a developing an appropriate regime.


With the spring fast approaching now is the time to get prepared. New born losses are devastating and can quickly spiral out of control.


The transition to housing in beef suckler herds is a crucial point in the production year. It involves careful planning for each management group (Spring calving cows; Autumn calving cows; youngstock; bulls) and for the buildings.

This is the latest of the XLVets local press articles and has been written by our very own Ken Wilson.

Calving time for most is just over for this year, but the cycle keeps on going.

It is now a great time to 'take stock' and plan for the coming season.

Read this article for some useful hints and tips for the coming season. It has been put together by John Macfarlane, a vet in a large XL Vet practice in the North of England who deals mainly with beef cattle and sheep.

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