Research Project

The 2 year project titled ‘Utilising new tools to improve liver fluke control on Victorian dairy farms’ is being led by researchers from La Trobe University and Agriculture Victoria, based at the Center for AgriBioscience facility, with funding support from the Gardiner Foundation and Dairy Australia. Our aim is to provide dairy farmers with access to new diagnostic tools to improve biosecurity surveillance of liver fluke infections in dairy cattle and the snail hosts that transmit liver fluke. We anticipate that these tools will allow the development of an Integrated Parasite Management (IPM) approach for liver fluke control on dairy farms located in key Victorian irrigation regions.

Purpose of research

“To develop techniques to identify the true extent of the issues associated with liver fluke infections within Victorian dairy herds, with the aim of improving farm profitability through the implementation of an integrated parasite management program”

Steering committee

Independent Chair: Dr Charles Milne 
Chief Veterinary Office, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Dr Kathryn Davis 
Program Manager, Animal Health and Fertility, Dairy Australia

Ms Mary Harney 
Chief Executive, Gardiner Foundation

Professor Grant Rawlin 
Research Leader, Veterinary Pathobiology, Biosciences Research Division, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Professor Terry Spithill 
Professor of Animal Sciences, Department of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences, La Trobe University

Dr Travis Beddoe  
Department of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences, La Trobe University

Dr Jakob Malmo 
Veterinarian, Gippsland Veterinary Hospital

Mr Stewart McRae 
Dairy farmer

Participating veterinary practices

Tatura Vet Clinic, Kyabram Veterinary Clinic, Clavin, Rogers & Associates, Rochester Veterinary Practice and the Gippsland Veterinary Hospital.