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

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.

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Coordinator

THE ROYAL VETERINARY AND AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY

Address

2,Gronnegaardsvej 2
1870 Frederisksberg

Denmark

Administrative Contact

Ernst GRAVESEN (Mr)

Participants (8)

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DANISH INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

Denmark

DIPUTACION GENERAL DE ARAGON

Spain

ECOLE NATIONALE VÉTÉRINAIRE DE TOULOUSE

France

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

MOREDUN RESEARCH INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

NATIONAL VETERINARY INSTITUTE

Sweden

THE SCOTTISH AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE

United Kingdom

UTRECHT UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK5-CT-2001-01843

  • Start date

    1 July 2001

  • End date

    31 December 2004

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 734 867

  • EU contribution

    € 1 752 115

Coordinated by:

THE ROYAL VETERINARY AND AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY

Denmark