Sheep farmers are being advised to find out what the worm challenge is on their farm after farms across the country reported mixed infestations from faecal egg counts.
Farms involved in the Zoetis Parasite Watch scheme have been challenged by different types of worms at the same time, which is important to know for treatment purposes. This spring has seen a mixed challenge by worms, with a high challenge being reported on some farms and low on others
Farmers should find out whether the challenge is just from Nematodirus or other stomach worms before treating. If you’ve got a mixed infestation then you need to be confident the drug you are using will treat against both Nematodirus and other stomach worms.
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In the South West, Neilsen Gillard, Creeds Farm, Bridgwater, Somerset, had a high worm egg challenge in his lambs at the end of April. This is despite lambs being treated with a white wormer prior to the sample being taken. This could indicate a resistance problem; they will be doing some resistance testing as the lambs get older.
The testing for resistance and knowledge of successful
The aim of Parasite Watch is to show what is happening across the UK using an interactive map found at www.parasitewatch.co.uk. Parasite data from each of the farms will be updated regularly, which will allow farmers to see if there are spikes in certain parasites throughout the year in their area and enable them to take appropriate action.
To use the map, click on a farm in your area and details of any parasites that have been found as well as when they were detected will be displayed. Test results will be online within hours of the test being taken.
For further information, please see the product SPC, or contact your veterinary surgeon, SQP or Zoetis UK Ltd, Walton Oaks, Dorking Road, Walton on the Hill, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 7NS. Customer Support 0845 3008034. www.zoetis.co.uk . Always seek the advice of your medicines provider. Use medicines responsibly (www.noah.co.uk/responsible). AH415/17