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Sheep Scab Disease

Scab is still a major concern for UK sheep producers as it has a significant impact on the health, welfare and productivity of affected animals.

What is Sheep Scab?

miteSheep scab is a disease caused by the mite Psoroptes ovis which lives on the skin surface where it feeds. The faeces produced by the sheep scab mite cause a severe allergic dermatitis resulting in the ‘scabby’ lesions which we associate with the later stages of the disease.

The mites are transferred from animal to animal by direct contact or on ‘fomites’; pieces of wool containing sheep scab mites. These mites are able to survive for 17 days without a host to feed from making it challenging to control and the potential for re-infection high.

Infestations can be debilitating, have a detrimental impact on welfare and can lead to severe economic losses. The Sheep Health and Welfare Group report 2016 states that the annual estimated cost of sheep scab in the UK is £8.3 million!1

Causes of Sheep Scab

  • Sheep Scab is caused by the Psoroptes ovis mite
  • Population doubles every 6 days
  • The female mite lays 1 or 2 eggs daily in the sheep’s fleece for about 40 days
  • Once these eggs hatch it only takes 2 weeks for the larvae to develop in to adults .
  • The mite can survive for up to 19 days off the host which is vital to remember when considering how we can tackle this parasite.

Clinical signs of Scab:

Sheep Scab Diagnosis

  • Easily confused with lice
  • Easy to forget that sheep can be infested with both lice and scab
  • Skin scrape recommended to be certain

Best Practice

Sheep Scab Treatment Options

Organophosphate Dip Diazinon 1 No Yes
Macrocyclic Lactones Ivermectin 2 Yes No
Doramectin 1 and move to clean pasture Yes No
1% Moxidectin 2 No No
2% Moxidectin 1 No No

Macrocyclic Lactones, Resistance & Why Dipping Is Best For Scab

Products which target external parasites only, such as dipping for scab should be seen as the preferred option as part of farmers’ parasite control plans to help eliminate scab.

The macrocyclic lactones are a broad spectrum parasite treatment and will also target gastrointestinal worms .

When we use macrocyclic lactones to treat scab, we inadvertently expose internal worms to them .

As worm burdens are typically low during key scab season, we are increasing the rate of development at which worm resistance can occur to the 3-MLs .

Many key advisory groups share these sentiments, for example, SCOPS are concerned about the potential implications of 3-MLS being used for scab in terms of the development of anthelmintic resistance to macrocyclic lactones2.

Sheep farm productivity has already been devastated by anthelmintic resistance therefore it is essential we take all measures to slow its rate of development.

“A recently published paper showed the first evidence of resistance of the sheep scab mite to the endectocides (injectables)4. If you have any doubts about whether a sheep scab treatment has been effective or not then please report it to the manufacturer and/or VMD as well as asking your own vet to investigate and determine if treatment has been successful. While resistance has been confirmed in a small number of flocks it is important to remember that there are many other reasons why treatment may either be unsuccessful or appear to be unsuccessful and if handled correctly it is possible to eradicate resistant mites from your flock.”


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