Dairy farmers are being invited to take part in a survey exploring the management of cattle roundworms as part of an ongoing 3-year research project that is looking at understanding the current situation in UK herds.
The Biosecurity and Roundworm Advice for Cattle Enterprises project involves researchers from the Moredun Institute, James Hutton Institute, Scotland’s Rural College and the University of Liverpool and is funded by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
The survey will focus on the farming practices of dairy and beef producers, the cattle kept, animal movements on and off farm, and the use of knowledge of worming drugs.
Roundworms are ubiquitous in the UK cattle industry and are of growing concern for livestock producers and policymakers due to productivity impacts and the environmental impacts of livestock and associated treatments. In the UK, there are only a few compounds (benzimidazoles (BZ), levamisoles and macrocyclic lactones (ML)) to control these pathogens and anthelmintic resistance is increasing. ML resistance is commonly reported in the UK, and the first case of BZ resistance was recently recorded. But little is known about the current BZ-r prevalence in UK cattle roundworms.
One effective but often overlooked control strategy is appropriate quarantine/biosecurity. Ensuring appropriate measures are taken to keep pathogens out of herds or limit the spread of the disease through effective biosecurity/disease management is essential for increasing the lifespan of current anthelmintics.
The project is bringing together a multi and inter-disciplinary team to combine and integrate state-of-the-art molecular parasitology, social science and mathematical modelling methodologies and aims to:
Model scenarios will be influenced by the parasitology findings and workshops and discussion groups will be held at three sites across the UK.
The questionnaire can be found here: Qualtrics Survey | Qualtrics Experience Management