On 10 January 2021, RELACS’ project partners Soil Association and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) took part in the Oxford Real Farm Conference 2021 for a workshop session on “Worm Control Without Anthelmintics”.
The event, organised and chaired by Soil Association’s Ana Allamand, took place via Zoom, bringing together over 150 participants from across the world.
Its primary focus was discussing the “Replacement of Anthelmintics in Organic Livestock”, one of the RELACS project’s objectives. It offered participants the opportunity to learn about using bioactive agents as worm control tools, for example heather and Duddingtonia flagrans, a natural strain of fungus isolated from the environment.
As anthelmintic resistance becomes an increasing issue for small ruminant farmers, and reducing reliance on contentious inputs and important goal, these insights on worm controls are crucial.
RELACS has summarized the findings of this event in a recently published news story about the workshop on the replacement of anthelmintics in organic livestock farming.