Parasite prevention and control to improve returns from organic livestock production
An event to be held at ADAS Pwllpeiran, Cwmystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 4AB on Wednesday 25 May 2011 will be an opportunity to find out more about parasite control and how to improve your flock/herd performance. The event is being organised by Organic Centre Wales as part of the Farming Connect Organic Development Programme, and will be useful for both organic and conventional farmers.
Internal parasites, including gastrointestinal worms and liver fluke, can have a devastating effect on both the physical and financial performance of both cattle and sheep enterprises. This workshop will bring together a small group of specialists to help answer some of the key questions on this important topic. The workshop will cover issues such as the effect of changing seasonal weather, the effect of parasites on the quantity of food produced, trace element deficiencies and their effects on animal resilience to parasites, management practices to reduce treatments needed and to avoid anthelmintic resistance.
“The large percentage of livers rejected at abattoirs due to liver fluke have economic consequences to both the farmer and the abattoir,” said Mair Morgan, ADAS, one of the event speakers and organisers. “At this event, we intend to share information on the impact of parasites on the physical and financial performance of your flock/herd and the most appropriate ways to control them.”
Also In attendance at the all day event will be Gavin Morris, vet at Dunbia, Harriet Fuller Independent vet and Mari Jones of Organic Centre Wales. In the morning session Mair Morgan and Harriet Fuller will lead a discussion on the current parasite issues and control methods. In the afternoon Gavin Morris will lead a practical session looking at rejected livers and discuss the impact on the food chain.
The event starts at 10.00am with coffee and presentations from staff at ADAS Pwllpeiran. It is a free event, but you should register with Sian Lloyd, ADAS Pwllpeiran on 01974 282229 or OCW on 01970 622248 to ensure a place and check the arrangements.
1. Organic Centre Wales is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government to provide information on organic food and farming to producers, food businesses, consumers and others. It is based at Aberystwyth University and run by a partnership consisting of the ADAS, the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm, and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University. See www.organiccentrewales.org.uk.
2. Farming Connect, Farming Connect is an integrated, Wales-wide scheme for farm and forestry businesses in Wales. First set up in 2001, a new range of services was launched by the Welsh Assembly Government in June 2008. It is funded through the Rural Development Plan 2007-2013 which is financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Assembly Government. Working closely with its partner organisations, the scheme provides an accessible and flexible range of services including one-to-one support, knowledge, expertise, training and advisory services tailored to individual need. Many services are fully funded, and others are subsidised by 80% for all eligible farmers. All of them help farmers to run their businesses more efficiently. For further information call the Farming Connect Service Centre on 08456 000 813
3. The Organic Conversion Information Service (01970 622100) is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government to provide information to producers considering conversion – an information pack and up to three free on-farm visits are available.