COWS updates its guide to parasite control
The Control of Worms Sustainably in cattle group (COWS) has released updated chapters of its technical guide to parasite control, at the Animal Health Distributors’ Association conference in Birmingham last week (Wednesday 15 January 2020). The new sections, covering round worms, lungworm, liver and rumen fluke and ectoparasites such as flies, lice and ticks, provide a sound basis for advice for farmers and their advisers. The guide was originally written more than 20 years ago and last revised in 2014. The new chapters, updated by research groups from universities across the UK, can...

HAVE YOUR SAY ON DECISION SUPPORT TOOLS FOR PERMANENT GRASSLAND
AgriSearch and AFBI are continuing their series of farmer and industry workshops to review the existing provision of decision support tools for permanent grassland and to consider what further tools should be developed. This is being held as part of a Europe-wide Research Project into Developing SUstainable PERmanent Grassland systems and policies (SUPER-G). The aim of the workshops is to evaluate the existing decision support tools for each farming system and land type which ‘measure to manage’ productivity, profitability and the delivery of ecosystem services and identify gaps. They...

AgriSearch to launch calf rearing booklet at the Winter Fair
Research results of real relevance to producers will be displayed and discussed on the AgriSearch stand at the Royal Ulster Winter Fair at the Eikon Complex, Balmoral Park Thurs, Dec, 12. Research topics featured on the stand will include calf rearing, robotic milking and winter feeding. A comprehensive calf rearing guide will be launched at the show.  This booklet has been developed in conjunction with AFBI and draws on the results of research undertaken at AFBI Hillsborough and on farms across Northern Ireland.  The booklet covers a wide range of topics including: importance of...

Consider treating cattle at housing to get on top of liver fluke
With the National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS) forecasting high risk of liver fluke in Scotland, northern England and North Wales, and cases now being seen south of these regions, parasite experts with the Control of Worms Sustainably (COWS) group, are urging farmers in these areas to consider treating cattle two weeks after housing. “Treating infected cattle shortly after housing with a product containing triclabendazole, will kill immature and mature fluke provided no resistance is present. This will also ensure animals do not re-infect the pastures with liver fluke...

HAVE YOUR SAY ON DECISION SUPPORT TOOLS FOR PERMANENT GRASSLAND
AgriSearch and AFBI are holding a series of farmer and industry workshops to review the existing provision of decision support tools for permanent grassland and to consider what further tools should be developed.  This is being held as part of a Europe-wide Research Project into Developing SUstainable PERmanent Grassland systems and policies (SUPER-G).  The aim of the workshops is to evaluate the existing decision support tools for each farming system and land type which ‘measure to manage’ productivity, profitability and the delivery of ecosystem services and identify gaps. They will...