SCOPS is an industry led group that works in the interest of the UK sheep industry. It recognises that, left unchecked, anthelmintic resistance is one of the biggest challenges to the future health and profitability of the sector.
The SCOPS Steering Group was formed to develop sustainable strategies for parasite control in sheep, facilitate and oversee the delivery of these recommendations to the industry and ensure that new research and development is incorporated to refine and improve advice given to the sheep industry. The group consists of individuals and organisations with an active interest in the sustainable control of parasites and includes industry bodies, UK levy bodies, sheep farmers, vets, animal health advisers, parasitologists, researchers and others - as listed on the front page of this website.
The group is chaired by Kevin Harrison (near right), a farm manager and sheep producer based in Gloucestershire. Deputy Chairman is Robert Helliwell (far right), a tenant farmer in the Peak District, Derbyshire.
SCOPS is funded by nine organisations that sit on the Steering Group - Agrisearch, AHDA, AHDB Beef & Lamb, AMTRA, HCC, NOAH, NFU, NSA and QMS.
Find out more about anthelmintic resistance here, and navigate the site for sustainable strategies for parasite control in sheep. The equivalent organisation for cattle is the Control Of Worms Sustainably (COWS).