Planning anthelmintic treatments to control gastrointestinal nematode infections in sheep

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A planned approach to anthelmintic treatments against gastrointestinal nematodes in sheep is vital given their clinical and economic importance, and the prevalence of anthelmintic resistance. The key nematode species in the UK are Nematodirus battus, Teladorsagia circumcincta, Trichostrongylus species and Haemonchus contortus. Knowledge of the biology of these species and the annual production cycle on UK sheep farms can guide when treatments may be necessary. The timings of these treatments can be further refined using grazing history, weather conditions and faecal egg counting. This information can then be combined with knowledge of anthelmintic resistance to make a rational treatment decision, and reduce the selection for anthelmintic resistance; for example, by using strategies that maintain populations of parasites in refugia, using multiple active treatments or improving drug bioavailability
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationUK Vet: Livestock
PublisherMA Healthcare Ltd
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2019


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