SCOPS invites press to online briefing session

26th January 2021

PRESS INVITE: Thursday 18th February 2021.

A two-hour press briefing to bring journalists up to speed on the latest successes and ongoing work in tackling internal and external sheep parasites.

SCOPS is bringing together a group of farmers, advisors, vets and scientists to share with journalists and agricultural writers the most up-to-date information on sustainable parasite control. Members of the press who register to attend can hear the latest progress in this area and ask questions to people involved at every level, from on-farm action to top-level science. Case studies will be provided throughout the briefing, which attendees can follow up for technical features if they wish. And each session will link to various information sources to help in the production of news and technical articles.

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is managing registrations on behalf of SCOPS. Please register online before Friday 12th February.



  • 10am-10.30am: Plenary session led by Kevin Harrison, SCOPS Chairman and sheep farmer. An update on what’s going on at the moment, what’s on the horizon and the successes achieved by SCOPS as a pan-industry body sharing best practice messages. The plenary session will provide the overview, with breakout sessions going into more detail.
  • 10.30am-11am: Breakout session 1: see below
  • 11am-11.30am: Breakout session 2: see below
  • 11.30am-12 noon: Open discussion session, led by Kevin Harrison, SCOPS Chairman, and Lesley Stubbings, SCOPS coordinator. A structured discussion involving speakers in all the breakout session, Q&A and closing comments.


  1. What now? Current projects and technology to assist farmers in the immediate future.
  2. What next? Exciting prospects for practical application in the next one to five years.
  3. Who’s in the know? Excellent working relationships between vets, registered animal medicines advisors (RAMS) and farmers.
  4. What’s in it for me? Why any sheep farmer can gain from SCOPS, whatever their previous level of involvement or existing understanding.