Control package puts parasites on agenda

Vets wanting to discuss parasite control with farmers can now access a new range of resources to help tackle the topic from the National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS).
The parasite control package includes a more detailed, local (40km²) monthly parasite forecast, branded with individual practice details, interactive parasite control planners for cattle and sheep, and slideshow presentations for vets to use at farmer meetings to promote the benefits of using the planners.
Practices that subscribe will be able to select the area their farmers are located in and securely upload farmer details. The practice will receive monthly alerts and forecasts, which can be personalised and forwarded to farmers by email.
The forecasts will include Nematodirus and fluke forecasts initially, and can be used in conjunction with the parasite control planners.
Mike Taylor, a recognised European veterinary specialist in parasitology, said: “The parasite control package offers practices an opportunity, and the platform, to engage farmers in parasite control, ensuring correct advice on treatment and management is given.
“This will benefit both the health and productivity of animals on farm, while also promoting the responsible use of anthelmintics.”