LUDHIANA: Parasites in dairy animals cause economic losses of hundreds of crores each year. The Extension Directorate, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana organized an awareness workshop on parasitic disease control and mitigation strategies in collaboration with the Department of Veterinary Parasitology.
Dr Inderjeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU stressed the need to sensitize the various stakeholders involved in the dairy sector on the importance of controlled parasitic infections which lead to huge economic losses. The rector underlined the importance of scientific knowledge concerning the diagnosis, control and specific treatment of parasitic diseases. He further informed that farmers should adopt diversified and integrated animal husbandry practices to increase the profits of the dairy sector.
Dr JPS Gill, Director of Research, spoke about the threat of parasites in the light of public health. He said parasitic problems can be transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa. He also stressed the need to educate the population to control the spread of these economically important diseases. Dr PS Brar, Extension Director, GADVASU shared his perspective on the economic losses in terms of declining productivity, feed efficiency as well as frequent reproductive failures and drug resistance issues, especially in gastrointestinal parasites and tick infestations. He further clarified that chemical resistance can be combated through the use of ethno-veterinary drugs.
Dr SPS Ghuman, Dean of the College of Veterinary Sciences, emphasized disease management to improve livestock productivity. Dr LD Singla, head professor in the veterinary parasitology department, urged breeders to adopt a combination of surveillance, good management and control measures to reduce the parasite threat in dairy animals for more profit. Distinguished speakers, Dr Anish Yadav from Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology Jammu, Dr Sukhdeep Vohra and Dr Aman Dev Moudgil from Lala Lajpat Rai University of Hisar Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Dr LD Singla and Dr NK Singh from GADVASU presented his expert presentations on different aspects of parasitic infections in dairy animals and the strategies that can be adopted to prevent and control these diseases.