FARMERS in west Wales have been alerted to the possibility of an outbreak of sheep scab.

Several cases have been confirmed in Carmarthenshire and the county council’s animal health team is reminding farmers that sheep who have scab should not be sold through a market.

Anyone who suspects that their sheep may have scab is advised that examination of samples for sheep ectoparasites is being offered free of charge in Wales until March 31.

The scheme, supported by Welsh Government, will aid accurate diagnosis, which is a prerequisite for appropriate treatment and successful control of ovine ectoparasites.

Improved control of sheep scab is a priority of the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework.

Testing will be undertaken at the Animal and Plant Health’s Veterinary Investigation Centre in Carmarthen.

Samples will be received in the normal way, via a veterinary surgeon and should be posted direct to Carmarthen VIC. They must be accompanied by full clinical history to qualify for free testing.