Establishment of web-based decision trees for parasite prophylaxis through future-oriented pasture management in agricultural practice and consultancy
Pasture husbandry is considered to be particularly animal appropriate and is, according to polls, desired by consumers. However younger animals in particular are often afflicted with infections by gastrointestinal parasites while at pasture. Previously developed decision trees available online could be an aid in future-oriented pasture planning. How do farms perceive the work with this online tool? Can it provide support in pasture management to individual farms? Does it reduce the stress on the animals or does the use of the decision tree lead to less use of anthelmintics? These questions are addressed in a model and demonstration project of the Thünen Institute for Organic Farming carried out in 80 farms in cooperation with six consultancy organizations.