Strengthening democratic governance for climate transitions

01 February 2024 → 31 January 2027
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Veterinary medicine not elsewhere classified
Other information
Project description

Ruminant farming is critically important in maintaining the viability of rural communities and ensuring food security. Because grazing
ruminants are permanently exposed to helminth parasites, efficient worm control is a requirement to guarantee their health, welfare
and productivity. Worm control is largely based on preventive use of anthelmintic drugs, but excessive use of anthelmintics has led to
anthelmintic resistance, which has become a global threat for effective parasite control. To mitigate anthelmintic resistance in
ruminants, sustainable worm control (SWC) strategies should be adopted.
The SPARC Community of Practice of farmers, farm advisors and veterinarians will identify needs, practices, barriers and drivers for
adoption of SWC practices, develop a list of good practices for SWC in different production systems and regions and demonstrate
them on pilot farms. National and international stakeholder networks will share SWC practices among farmers, across borders and
production systems (beef and dairy cattle, meet and milk sheep and goats). Dissemination of experiences and results will be
facilitated by a Knowledge Exchange Platform on the SPARC website, hosting testimonies, case studies, videos, practice abstracts and
decision support tools, available in local languages. SPARC activities and results will be communicated on social media and in
professional journals. Overall, SPARC will initiate a lasting European-wide multi-actor community that develops solutions together to
curb anthelmintic resistance, aiding in the green transition of European agriculture.

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