Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep

SCOPS is an industry led group that represents the interests of the sheep industry. It recognises that, left unchecked, anthelmintic resistance (AR) is one of the biggest challenges to the future health and profitability of the UK sheep industry.

The SCOPS group was formed to develop sustainable strategies for parasite control in sheep, facilitate and oversee the delivery of these recommendations to the industry and ensure that new research and development is incorporated to refine and improve advice given to the sheep industry.

SCOPS includes representatives from a wide range of industry organisations whose logos and links are shown below:

The SCOPS Principles
1. Always make sure that any treatment you give is fully effective.
2. Try to reduce your reliance on anthelmintics using management options and monitoring where possible:
3. Avoid bringing in resistant worms and/or other parasites by following a robust quarantine routine.
4. Minimise the selection for worms that are resistant to anthelmintics when you treat sheep