Project Duration: 3 years Project Team: Dr Mark Robinson, Dr Jason Barley and Dr Aurelie Aubry Background: Infections by parasitic fluke are an important animal health concern for livestock worldwide. Liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica) historically has been a major focus for producers. However, in recent years there has been an increase in the incidence of rumen fluke (Paramphistomes), resulting in acute disease and death in young sheep and cattle. The exact reasons for this increase in the incidence of rumen fluke is not fully understood. One contributing factor is thought to be the increase...

Organisations Involved: AgriSearch, AFBI, AHWNI, LMC, Farm Vet Systems (VetImpress) Funding: DAERA Research Challenge Fund (50%) Background: Antimicrobials have made a major contribution to the health and welfare of cattle. They are vital medicines for the treatment and control of bacterial infections in cattle. All farmers have a responsibility for the health and welfare of the animals on their farm. This is a joint responsibility with their veterinary surgeon to ensure the correct and appropriate use of antimicrobials, including antibiotics. Farmers and stock-keepers can play a major...

Duration 2 Years Team and Leader AFBI, Stormont Organisations Involved AgriSearch (Project Leader and Co-Funder), DARD Research Challenge Fund (Co-Funder), Ulster Farmers Union, AFBI - Stormont (Research Partner) Background and Summary Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) is the most significant endemic viral disease in the United Kingdom from both a welfare and an economic perspective, and the prospect of control and eradication of BVDV is currently the subject of considerable attention in both the UK and Ireland. The inefficiencies due to the production losses...