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Due to the recent Coronavirus pandemic and in-line with government advice, only critical staff are onsite currently and as such it may take a little longer to reply to your queries and requests. We’ll issue updates – please email us if you have specific questions. We will return to business as usual as soon as possible.

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Clostridial Diseases in Sheep

What are Clostridial Diseases? Clostridial diseases are a group of severe diseases seen in sheep caused by Clostridia spp. bacteria. These bacteria are widely recognised as pathogens in livestock, humans, and companion animals and can survive in spore form in the environment for long periods of time. Faecal contamination of pasture is the primary source of infections picked up from the environment. At the same time, it is normal for many of these bacteria to inhabit the intestines of healthy animals. The problem…

Lice infestations in cattle and sheep housed indoors over winter

Lice in sheep and cattle – what are lice? Lice are endoparasites that live permanently on their host, that either feed off of blood meals or on the skin, hair, fleece and any other debris on the skin.  These are named sucking or chewing lice, respectively. Chewing lice found commonly are Bovicola ovis (sheep) and Bovicola bovis (cattle). Sucking lice are also found to affect cattle with 3 species commonly affecting the UK; Linognathus vituli, Solenopotes capillatus, Haematopinus eurysternus, whereas sucking lice…

Sheep Scab and Psoroptes ovis

What is Sheep Scab? Sheep scab is a endemic disease caused by Psoroptes ovis, more commonly known as scab mites. Scab mites defecate on the skin which causes an allergic reaction. With a short life cycle of only 14 days, scab mite populations can increase fast and can infect an entire flock, even more so when kept indoors and in close proximity. The mite can survive for up to 17 days off the sheep but must use the sheep to complete…

Happy New Year: A round up of all of the parasites we have seen this year

Happy New Year: A round up of all of the parasites we have seen this year We’ve been lucky enough to see quite a range of parasites at Ridgeway this year, including some new ones and some that we are already familiar with. We thought we would share a few of these with you as a little round up of our work this year. We look forward to seeing what new and exciting species 2021 brings for us! Dictyocaulus filaria…