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Sheep Scab Treatment Resistance Investigation Awarded £1.2M

20th June 2024

£1.2 million funding has been given to British investigators to lead an investigation into sheep scab treatment resistance.

The funding, according to project leader Dr. Stew Burgess of Moredun, is a “pivotal investment” in the effort to tackle the rising problem of ML resistance in sheep scab mites.


He explained: “With this funding, we aim to decode the genetic basis of resistance and its spread, providing the agricultural community with vital tools and updated strategies to manage this pervasive issue effectively.’’

He continued: “This project strengthens our collaborative efforts with partners at the University of Glasgow and SRUC and reinforces Moredun’s commitment to pioneering research that drives real-world impact.”

Current sheep scab management methods include organophosphate (OP) sheep dips and ML injectables. Sheep scab currently costs the sector approximately £80 to 200 million a year.

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