AHI Newsletter Autumn 2016 FINAL

AHI NEWSLETTER AUTUMN/WINTER 2016

PROGRAMME UPDATE PARASITE CONTROL

Programme: Parasite Control Parasite Control TWG Chairman: Dr Andrew Forbes

The group has been busy over the summer putting together some new guidance on subjects that have not previously been addressed. A short article on neosporosis has been written and reviewed and is in the final stages of being finalised. It was felt necessary to have an AHI interpretation of this disease in Ireland to complement general information that is already available from other sources. Another article has described an initial approach on a new farm in order to generate a parasite audit and to set in motion the process of generating a parasite control plan with the farmer. This should be of particular value to new graduates and to practitioners taking on new clients. Finally, a short aide- memoire on sampling, the commonly used diagnostic tests and their interpretation is well advanced. Again, this should be very useful for farmers, veterinary students, young graduates and clinicians who do not regularly deal with farm stock and their parasites. In July, a poster arising out of work from the Parasite Control TWG was presented at the World Buiatrics Congress in Dublin. The poster, Animal Health Ireland Parasite Control Technical Working Group leaflets on Coccidiosis and Cryptosporidiosis as a method of knowledge transfer, was included in the National Animal Health Programmes section of the Congress. In September, Rebecca Carroll, Programme Manager with AHI spoke to a large group of farmers on the topic of animal health at housing at a Teagasc Winter Finishing event. The subject of parasite control at housing and its importance to allow animals to thrive over the winter was discussed on the night.

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