Cattle farmers currently considering their worming strategy for
the 2006 grazing season must now put the emphasis firmly on maintaining
economic growth, says Schering-Plough Animal Health.
"Worming strategy this season must put the emphasis on economic
growth", says Autoworm manufacturer Schering-Plough Animal Health.
With the removal of headage payments, it now makes financial sense
to keep young grazing cattle growing as fast as possible towards
an earlier finish - any first season growth setbacks due to worms
will be costly, the company points out.
“It’s now crucially important that worming regimes
keep the worm challenge low enough throughout the full grazing
season to avoid growth checks,” stresses livestock veterinary
adviser Paul Williams.
For optimum efficacy, he advises producers to make sure their
wormer offers a uniformly long period of grazing cover for all
the different economically-important worms, not just one species. “To
be effective, worming regimes must also follow product manufacturer
guidelines to the letter, deliver a financial return, be easy-to-manage
and allow natural immunity to develop so that wormers are not needed
for older cattle,” he maintains.
Schering-Plough, manufacturers of Autoworm - the only pulse product
that automatically worms cattle every three weeks against all the
important worm species - has developed a six-point effective worming
plan for the 2006 grazing season. “The aim is to help farmers
choose the right worming strategy for economic cattle growth,” Paul
1. Make sure your wormer is effective against all the major worms
that are a threat to UK cattle during the grazing season. It
should kill all the common economically important gut worms (Ostertagia,
Cooperia, Trichostrongylus and Nematodirus) and lungworm (Dictyocaulus).
2. Some wormers have different periods of protection for different
worm species. Check that your wormer provides extended, uniform
cover against all key worms known to cause problems on UK farms.
3. Make sure the wormer dosage frequency provides the optimum
of a worming dose three weeks after turnout to prevent the re-cycling
of worm larvae, followed by subsequent three-weekly doses to keep
breaking the 21-day worm cycle and prevent the development of disease.
4. Ask your supplier if your usual wormer allows some level of
exposure to worms so that the animal can develop natural immunity.
5. Understand the labour implications for your chosen worming
system and make sure you can guarantee to administer all the
required treatments when they are due. If you can’t, the
worming regime will not maximise growth rates. If the system
requires handling after turnout, make sure you will have the
6. Unless you are truly set-stocking, your worming regime needs
to be able to cope with flexible grazing systems and the introduction
of new stock to pastures, which may increase the worm challenge.
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