The Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) group said it will share some important updates to the cross-industry Code of Practice for Mobile Sheep Dipping, via a free-to-attend webinar on Thursday, September 7.
The main changes to the code are around how organophosphate (OP) can be supplied to mobile contractors for use on clients’ farms, and the role of farmers, contractors and prescribers to ensure this is done properly and legally.
Mobile dippers, sheep farmers and prescribers are encouraged to attend the online event at 1pm, which will discuss all elements of effective, safe dipping and focus on the role of mobile sheep dippers in keeping on top of sheep scab in particular.
CPD points will be available to collect.
Speaking on behalf of SCOPS, independent sheep consultant Lesley Stubbings, said: “Mobile sheep dipping contractors provide an increasingly important service for the sheep sector, as fewer on-farm facilities are available.
“They can reach a large number of businesses to treat sheep for ectoparasites and, in particular, sheep scab. However, it is vital this is carried out safely and effectively which means farmers, contractors and prescribers need to know how to use OP dip correctly.”
A number of industry organisations, including SCOPS and the National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC), in conjunction with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), created the Mobile Sheep Dipping Code of Practice in 2021 and have worked together again to agree these important updates.
Jill Hewit, NAAC chief executive, added: “Our mobile sheep dipping members offer a professional service to their farmer clients and we’re delighted members will be able to work more effectively under the updated to the Code of Practice.
“The code now offers a more productive framework for contractors and ensures farmers customers and the prescribers selling the dip also know their roles and responsibilities.”
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