The RUMA Alliance and its member organisations have published advice on the responsible use of antiparasitic medicines in farmed species.
Parasitic worms in the pig are an important though often overlooked problem that can significantly reduce productivity and growth rates as well as causing noticeable clinical disease in some cases. Worms can affect the digestive system and the respiratory system, the latter by direct damage due to the pig lungworm or more commonly indirectly as migrating worm larvae pass through the lungs on their way back to the gut.
The purpose of this publication is to examine the parasites which affect the raising of fish for human consumption in commercial aquaculture production systems, how they are monitored, and the current treatments available, as well as other management methods in order to encourage responsible use of parasiticides.
RUMA Alliance member the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has issued guidance, supported by RUMA, on the use of anthelmintics in grazing animals in the form of a poster for display. The main points are that:
- Resistance to anthelmintics in grazing animals is serious and increasing
- If not checked resistance could have a catastrophic impact on animal welfare and economic production
- Anthelmintics are a necessary option but their use must be judicious
- Every application increases the risk
Internal parasites (worms) represent an important threat to optimising performance in both beef and dairy cattle. Feed conversion efficiency, growth rates and fertility will all be affected if cattle are carrying large burdens of internal parasites.There is an industry initiative which aims to improve the information available to vets and advisors about the sustainable control of endoparasites in cattle.
AHDB has funded the compilation of a technical manual covering parasite lifecycles, diseases caused and best practice recommendations for use of anthelmintics in cattle.
Blowflies are the most widespread ectoparasite affecting sheep in the UK, with surveys showing that every year 80% of flocks will have one or more cases of strike. If not properly controlled, this will result in serious welfare problems and reduced profitability in up to 500,000 sheep annually, says the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) programme.
Parasites represent an important threat to optimising performance in both beef and dairy cattle. Feed conversion efficiency, growth rates and fertility will all be affected if cattle are carrying large burdens of internal parasites. There is an industry initiative which aims to improve the information available to vets and advisors about the sustainable control of parasites in cattle.
For more information visit: http://www.cattleparasites.org.uk/
SCOPS is an industry led group that represents the interests of the sheep industry. It recognises that, left unchecked, anthelmintic resistance (AR) is one of the biggest challenges to the future health and profitability of the UK sheep industry.
The SCOPS group was formed to develop sustainable strategies for parasite control in sheep, facilitate and oversee the delivery of these recommendations to the industry and ensure that new research and development is incorporated to refine and improve advice given to the sheep industry.
For more information visit: http://www.scops.org.uk