Most people will be well aware about the growing issues with drench resistance. While vets and many farmers have been aware of this issue and dealing with these problems for 20 years, in the last few years there appears to have been an explosion in drench resistance cases, in particular in triple drench resistance.
Drench resistance is not only a costly issue in terms that once you have triple drench resistance you need to use a novel drench, but also in terms of animal performance. When drench doesn’t work as well as we expect, animals have a decreased live weight gain because they are diverting energy from growth to their immune system, which is constantly elevated in order to fight the parasite burden.
So how do you protect yourself from triple drench resistance:
Dealing with potential drench resistance issues can be daunting and sometimes it appears easier to just ignore it, however the issue won’t go away. Every journey starts with one small step. I encourage everyone to make their one small step – a post drench egg count, to get some information about your farm.