Xth EMOP, August 2008
Pro and cons of targeted selective treatment against digestive-tract strongyles of ruminants
INRA, IASP, 213, Resistance and Virulence, 37380 Nouzilly, France
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The increasing prevalence of resistance to anthelmintics among gastrointestinal nematodes and the desire for lower input agriculture have promoted the idea that targeted selective treatment (treating the animals in need of such a treatment and only them) could be a sustainable solution for controlling internal parasites of ruminants. The pros are the slowing of resistance prevalence, lower residues of anthelmintics in meat and milk, and lower cost; the cons are the difficulty and time spent on selecting animals in need of treatment and the possibility of lower production. Using actual experiments and modelling we show that targeted selective treatment can be used to sustainably control gastrointestinal nematode infections in flock.
Key words: anthelmintic / treatment / resistance / targeted selective treatment / ruminant
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