Alternating grazing to control parasites in young cattle

Within the CORE Organic project MIX-ENABLE, Steffen Werne (FiBL) and his team are testing more sustainable ways of controlling gastrointestinal nematodes in ruminants.

Farmers usually control parasites by the use of dewormers. However, resistance against these products is increasing. One approach is mixed grazing of different livestock species. 

It is well known that sheep and goat can benefit from mixed grazing with cattle in terms of animal health and performance. This is because gastrointestinal parasites are usually specialized in one livestock species, and mixed grazing has thus a “diluting” effect.

Conversely, little is known whether young cattle can also benefit from mixed grazing with sheep.

This is what Steffen Werne and his teams want to find out in a field trial, which just started and will last for 14 weeks.

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CORE Organic Cofund is an ERA-NET funded by the European Commission´s
Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Contract No. 727495.