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 SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
EH26 0PZ Penicuik
751 89 Uppsala
AB21 9YA Aberdeen
3584 CL Utrecht