Background Fasciola hepatica, the liver fluke, is a common and ubiquitous parasite affecting the health and welfare of cattle worldwide.  Fluke infection costs the UK agriculture industry somewhere in the region of £300 million per year due to production losses with liver condemnations alone costing £3.2 million in 2010. Evidence from various sources suggests that the prevalence of infection has increased considerably in recent years for a variety of reasons – changing climate, changing farming practices and increased animal movements. There are growing concerns about drug resistance and...

D-91-17 - Optihouse - Innovative calf housing and environment management to promote animal health, welfare and performance
Objectives The objectives of this project are to increase the efficiency of feed, labour and livestock use within calf rearing enterprises in Northern Ireland.  These objectives will be delivered through:  A better understanding of calf rearing houses within Northern Ireland and the key factors linked to poor environmental conditions, failure to deliver expected growth and excessive labour requirements A better understanding of the impacts and interactions between level/type of calf nutrition, bedding, calf grouping and environmental conditions.  This knowledge will help inform...

STAMP is co-funded by DAERA under the Research Challenge Fund.  The five partners are: AgriSearch (Lead partner) Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute (Research Partner) Animal Health and Welfare Northern Ireland Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland Farm Vet Systems Background to Challenge Increasing pressure to reduce antibiotic use in livestock production Particular emphasis on “critical” antibiotics (Cephalosporin’s & Fluoroquinolones) Recent EuroDairy pilot farmer exchange visit to Netherlands highlighted this issue Tescos have already imposed restrictions on...