A NEW parasite control package for farmers from the National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS) has been launched and is available through local veterinary practices.

The package includes a more detailed, local (40km2) monthly parasite forecast, and interactive parasite control planners for both cattle and sheep.

The planners allow farmers to work with their vet to produce a yearly plan for parasite control, encouraging optimal management and treatment strategies. Highly visual, it is interactive, easy to use and can also be used to complement existing health plans.

Forecasts will include detailed Nematodirus and fluke forecasts during risk periods, which in turn will help farmers to plan anthelmintic use accordingly.

Professor Mike Taylor, a recognised European veterinary specialist in parasitology and a founding member of the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) and COWS, said: "Effective parasite control benefits both the health and productivity of animals on farm, and is key for the responsible use of anthelmintics."