The ‘Control of Worms Sustainably’ in cattle group (COWS) has launched a new website to support the work it does to encourage responsible use of wormers in beef and dairy cattle.
The COWS initiative is an industry-led group that came together in 2010 to provide up-to-date, evidence-based information for the sustainable control of gut worms, lung worms, flukes and ecto-parasites of cattle. The group delivers messages at differing technical levels to producers, vets, advisers, Suitably Qualified Persons (SQPs), veterinary pharmacists and animal health advisers.
“It has never been so important for producers to carefully consider how and when they use anthelmintics,” says COWS’ communications manager Sara Gregson.
“New research from Ireland shows marked resistance of worms to benzimidazole and macrocyclic lactone wormers on 16 dairy calf-to-beef farms. Cattle producers can no longer be complacent about resistance and must take steps to stop it occurring or reduce its spread on their farms.
The easy-to-view website is clearly divided into the different parasite categories and offers an extensive library of internal and external resources to learn about tackling infestations in a sustainable way. It features an invaluable ‘things to do now’ section for beef and dairy producers and highlights what to watch out for at key seasons in the year – particularly before turnout, during summer grazing and at housing.
The website has been funded by members of COWS: AgriSearch, AHDA, AHDB, AHDB Beef & Lamb, AHDB Dairy, AMTRA, HCC, NFU, NOAH, and QMS. It has been further developed by information supplied by members of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), Moredun Research Institute and the University of Liverpool.