Pre-lamb drench topic is a hardy annual topic for vet-farm discussions. The fact is parasitism is always going to be a cost to production and as seasons and farm systems change, our approaches to worm control need to adapt. I have been busy these last few days discussing pre-lamb animal health with farmers. It is a process that I think is valued by those that want to rationalise their decisions each year.
I do encourage farmers to consider all the tools available and take on board the sustainable drench use message.
A key 1st principle message is to reduce larval challenge in young stock, and optimise breeding stock condition and feeding during lactation. Farms that achieve this are not only going to beat the worms, they are going to be vastly more profitable. The application is the complex bit......
- Get a plan for worm control this spring
- Think what is best for my capital stock in the current conditions
- Work some refugia into your plan.