Farmer's Weekly

To maximise profitability, manage livestock diseases the modern way

Maintaining herd health is crucial to ensuring a profitable livestock business with high weaning rates. This involves adhering to a vaccination schedule and a quarantine programme for incoming animals, and remaining vigilant for any signs of disease.

The livestock industry has moved away from fixed parasite control programmes, as these lead to parasite resistance. So severe is the problem that the National Animal Health Forum has launched a Sustainable Integrated Management of Parasites in Livestock group to address parasite resistance.

ADVICE FOR FARMERS

As some diseases and parasites (internal and external) are more often encountered in specific areas, it is best to arrange for a veterinarian to visit the farm at least twice a year to

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