COWS News & other cattle parasite news
Closing the knowledge gap on rumen fluke
Traditionally regarded as being of minor importance in
Europe, recent evidence suggests that the prevalence of rumen fluke infection is
increasing in parts of the UK. But, with quantifiable figures of the exact
impact to animal health, welfare and farm profits unknown, there appears to be a
significant gap in the understanding of this parasite. This knowledge gap has
prompted a three-year study to promote a better understanding about the parasite
and its exact impact on animal health and welfare.
Managing liver fluke in bought-in cattle
COWS guide to managing liver fluke in bought-in cattle is now available.
Bringing in cattle or sheep from markets, other farms or common grazing can
introduce new diseases to your own farm, including parasites such as liver
Controlling parasites in cattle at grass
Managing anthelmintic resistance through the responsible use
of cattle wormers was the key take home message at a recent AHDB Beef and Lamb
and COWS (Control of Worms Sustainably) farmer meeting. Guest speakers at the
event spoke on the importance of understanding the lifecycle of cattle
parasites, and managing parasitic challenges responsibly through grazing
management strategies and the targeted use of wormers, taking into account
different farm systems. Read more...
Additional tool for parasite control
Research proves that grazing management has a vital role to
play in reducing the level of exposure and potential growth setbacks caused by
cattle parasites, particularly in first grazing season animals.
Make lungworm control a priority this spring
Lungworm infection is unpredictable by nature, and poses a
significant threat to young calves, potentially reducing growth rates by over
20% and costing £50 to £100 per head. Incidences of lungworm are hard to predict
and have been consistently reported across the country in recent years. As
producers look ahead to spring grazing, control of the parasite should be a key
consideration. Read more...
New farmer leaflet
new COWS farmer leaflet on cattle
worming is now available. Copies on the COWS website and at various events
including in the Moredun marquee at the Royal Highland Show.
Liver fluke risk lower than last year
The relatively dry autumn this year has meant that the liver fluke risk is
lower than it was for last year. Read more...
9 December 2013
Fluke section of Manual Updated
COWS has published a revised chapter of its technical manual, covering liver
fluke and rumen fluke.
COWS press release: 4 November 2013
Get fluke treatment right this autumn
The COWS industry group is urging beef and dairy farmers to consider the risk
of liver fluke infection this autumn and, if indicated, to treat cattle
Withdrawal periods of flukicides in dairy cattle
NOAH and the VMD have issued a
joint statement outlining what products can be used at different stages of a
dairy cow’s production cycle, plus detailing limitations on use in dry period
and describing the withdrawal periods that must be followed, following changes
to the marketing authorisations of some flukicides. This advice is for dairy
cattle only, and does not apply to meat withdrawal periods.
Moredun makes major breakthrough in the war against worms
Scientists at the Moredun have made a major breakthrough in
the battle to prevent and control parasitic worm infections by successfully
protecting sheep using vaccination, giving hope for a sustainable control
strategy that does not rely on drugs.
Read more in Moredun's press release...
Major funding for research into predicting the health and
welfare of dairy cows
Researchers from the Moredun Research Institute and SRUC have
received a major funding award. It will be used to develop a project that could
ultimately lead to an early warning system for poor health and welfare in dairy
cattle. Initially addressing lameness and mastitis, in the long term this may
have relevance to the impact of parasitic infections.
Read more in Moredun's press release...
COWS press release: 1 May 2013
Don’t forget to treat cattle for fluke at grazing this season
Despite the cold winter liver fluke is still likely to be a problem
on many farms during this grazing season. Read
A workshop was held at the University of Liverpool on 11 March 2013
entitled "Taking Action to Tackle Liver Fluke in Sheep and Cattle".