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Control of gastrointestinal nematodes in organic beef cattle through grazing management

Hertzberg, Hubertus; Figi, Rolf; Noto, Fabio and Heckendorn, Felix (2004) Control of gastrointestinal nematodes in organic beef cattle through grazing management. In: Hovi, Malla; Sundrum, Albert and Padel, Susanne (Eds.) Organic livestock farming: potential and limitations of husbandry practice to secure animal health and welfare and food quality. Proceedings of the 2nd SAFO Workshop 25-27 March 2004, Witzenhausen, Germany. SAFO Sustaining Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming. A European Commission funded Concerted Action Project, pp. 129-135.

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Summary

Gastrointestinal nematodes (GIN) are a major health and economic risk factor in ruminant production in organic and conventional farms (Thamsborg et al., 1999). Fattening of organic beef cattle (OBC) on pasture is an emerging area for organic farmers in Switzerland, which partly compensates the declining development in dairy production. So far, there are no data available about the parasitic status of beef cattle kept in organic farms between weaning (4-6 month) and slaughter (24-26 month).
The aim of the present study was to assess the parasitological status of organic beef cattle in the pre-alpine and alpine region of Switzerland and to analyse the benefits of different grazing strategies for GIN control.


EPrint Type:Book chapter
Keywords:Epidemiologie, Endoparasiten, Veterinärparasitologie, Weidemanagement
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Beef cattle
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Research affiliation: European Union > Animal Health and Food Safety SAFO
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Veterinary Parasitology
Related Links:http://www.fibl.org/forschung/veterinaerparasitologie/index.php, http://orgprints.org/view/projects/eu-safo.html, http://www.safonetwork.org
Deposited By: Hertzberg, Dr Hubertus
ID Code:3158
Deposited On:22 Sep 2004
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:29
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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