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Worm control in organic production systems for small ruminants in europe: towards the implementation of non-chemical, sustainable approaches.

Objective

Nematode parasitic infections constitute a serious health and welfare problem of sheep and goats in organic farming systems. Research will focus on the following non-chemical strategies for the control of these infections:
- Use of bioactive plants, particularly forages with a high content of condensed tannins.
- Biological control with the nematode-destroying fungus Duddingtonia flagrant.
- Grazing management procedures, particularly evasive grazing based on new knowledge of the survival of nematode stages on pasture. Recommendations for the use of these strategies alone or in combination in sheep and goats will be developed and disseminated. Although primarily aimed for organic farming, guidelines will be equally applicable in conventional farms as a new, sustainable approach to parasite control.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

THE ROYAL VETERINARY AND AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
Address
2,Gronnegaardsvej 2
1870 Frederisksberg
Denmark

Participants (8)

DANISH INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Denmark
Address
Kirstinebjergvej 10, Research Centre Aarslev
5792 Aarlev
DIPUTACION GENERAL DE ARAGON
Spain
Address
176,Montana 176
50080 Zaragoza
ECOLE NATIONALE VÉTÉRINAIRE DE TOULOUSE
France
Address
Chemin Des Capelles 23
31076 Toulouse
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
France
Address
Chemin Des Capelles 23
31076 Toulouse
MOREDUN RESEARCH INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
Address
Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlo
EH26 0PZ Penicuik
NATIONAL VETERINARY INSTITUTE
Sweden
Address
Ulls Vaeg 2B
751 89 Uppsala
THE SCOTTISH AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE
United Kingdom
Address
Craibstone Estate
AB21 9YA Aberdeen
UTRECHT UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
Yalelaan 1
3584 CL Utrecht