28 June 2022
A research paper that shines a light on the sheep scab situation in Northern Ireland has been published in Preventative Veterinary Medicine (Volume 205, August 2022).
'Sheep scab in Northern Ireland: Its distribution, costs and farmer knowledge about prevention and control', was written by Harper Adams University PhD student Paul Crawford MRCVS, along withhis PhD supervisors Dr Philip Robinson (HAU), Dr Fiona Lovatt (University of Nottingham) and Kim Hamer (University of Glasgow).
Highlights of the paper, which is based on a farmer questionnaire carried out in the Spring of 2021, include an overview of sheep scab distribution in Northern Ireland and an evaluation of farmers' understanding of the disease in terms of cause, transmission and cost.
Key findings of the research include:
Paul's PhD is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), Norther Ireland.
To read the paper in full please visit: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.prevetmed.2022.105682