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Faecal egg counts to improve worm control in organic sheep farming (RELACS Practice Abstract)

{Tool} Faecal egg counts to improve worm control in organic sheep farming (RELACS Practice Abstract). Creator(s): Chylinski, Caroline; Bowles, Liz; McCulloch, Coleen; Allamand, Ana and Athanasiadou, Spiridoula. Issuing Organisation(s): FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, IFOAM Organics Europe, SRUC - Scotland’s Rural College, Soil Association Certification, Soil Association Scotland. RELACS Practice abstract, no. 04. (2020)

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The steps needed for monitoring faecal egg count are outlined in this practice abstract. Carrying out your own tests gives instant results and allows for greater flexibility in monitoring gastrointestinal nematode infections throughout the year. This may be especially important around lambing, when a greater number of transmission stages are on pasture. The costs of the test or equipment is quickly recouped from improved monitoring and management of parasites.
The information presented in this abstract is relevant for all sheep farmers looking to reduce the use of deworming agents, which is especially relevant in organic farming.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:Improve worm control in organic sheep farming with feacal egg counting.
What problem does the tool address?:Dewormers represent a contentious input in organic farming. Their synthetic residues enter animal products and the environment, and further contribute to the global spread of anthelmintic resistance.
What solution does the tool offer?:Monitoring of faecal egg counts can reduce the need for anthelmintic inputs.
Country:Belgium, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Keywords:Animal husbandry, Animal health, Small ruminants, sheep, parasite control
Agrovoc keywords:
animal husbandry
animal health
small ruminants
parasite control
Subjects: Animal husbandry
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > RELACS
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Small ruminants
UK > Scottish Rural Colleges (SRUC - previously SAC)
UK > Soil Association
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:773431
Related Links:https://relacs-project.eu/, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/39609, https://www.facebook.com/organicfarmknowledge/posts/219728523273123, https://twitter.com/farm_knowledge/status/1374706391127048202
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:39609
Deposited On:22 Mar 2021 11:01
Last Modified:26 Jul 2022 18:28
Document Language:English

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