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Tackling the parasitological challenges arising from organic farming practices

Athanasiadou, S. (2017) Tackling the parasitological challenges arising from organic farming practices. Lecture at: Organic Research Centre, Organic Producers conference, Birmingham, February 2017. [draft]

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Document available online at: http://www.organicresearchcentre.com/?go=Information%20and%20publications&page=2017_Livestock


Parasitism is well recognized as a major challenge to the health and welfare of organic livestock. Although previous projects have largely delivered the underpinning scientific research, progress in the implementation of control strategies has been hindered by: i) limitations of research at farm systems level, ii) lack of clear cost-benefit analysis and iii) difficulties in reaching and educate the appropriate stakeholders. The overall objective of this project, which brings together nine academic partners from eight countries, is to generate information and tools that can be readily used by organic farmers to improve animal health and welfare; we aim to achieve this by targeting the interface between research and dissemination. In the UK, organic farmers were given a variety of options to consider for sustainable parasite control on farm. Participating farmers were asked to select one or more of these options, including protein supplementation, drenching on weight loss and bioactive grazing, use it in one group of animals, and then compare the results with another group managed in a “usual” manner. Drenching animals that lost weight did not appear to be affecting total faecal egg counts (FEC), as these were not necessarily the animals with the highest FEC, whereas protein supplementation around parturition and lactation of twin ewes reduced FEC of these animals.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Lecture
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Farming Systems
Animal husbandry
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic Plus > PrOPara
UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC)
UK > Scottish Rural Colleges (SRUC - previously SAC)
Deposited By: Athanasiadou, Dr Spiridoula
ID Code:33726
Deposited On:11 Sep 2018 09:22
Last Modified:11 Sep 2018 09:22
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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