The Department of Agriculture is moving to introduce new regulations that, from January 2022, will require farmers purchasing antiparasitic drugs (wormers) to obtain a veterinary prescription. The extra layer of regulatory and cost burden being passed on to farmers has been linked to new EU rules on prescribing animal medicines.

The new regulations, which were adopted in 2019, follow ongoing reviews and revisions of legislation introduced in 2004 which required that all veterinary medicine products intended for use in food-producing animals should be subject to veterinary prescription control.