IBERS research on sustainable control of gastrointestinal nematodes featured on S4C’s Ffermio


Eiry Williams being filmed for S4C Ffermio (Credit: IBERS)

On Monday 28th January 2018, an Aberystwyth University KESS 2 project researching sustainable control of gastrointestinal nematodes in sheep was featured on S4C’s farming and countryside magazine programme Ffermio. Academic supervisor Dr Rhys Aled Jones and PhD candidate Eiry Williams spoke to Alun Elidir about the threat of anthelmintic resistance to sheep farmers in Wales and the need for farmers to adapt their gastrointestinal nematode control strategies to safeguard the effectiveness of anthelmintics.

Dr Rhys Jones commented, “Controlling parasites in sheep is becoming a major challenge for farmers in Wales. Our Ffermio feature was a great opportunity to highlight our research to farmers in Wales, who ultimately are those the project aims to benefit.”

The PhD project, which is supported by European Social Funds (ESF) and company partner Hybu Cig Cymru/Meat Promotion Wales, is an industry based collaboration with the view to develop sustainable anthelmintic treatment strategies to control gastrointestinal nematodes in ewes during the lambing period.

The interview can be viewed at the following link (begins at 18 minutes) https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p06y3c1b/ffermio-mon-28-jan-2019