SQPs and livestock farmers will be able to get up to date parasite information in their local area thanks to the monitoring of worm, fluke and fly levels on 18 farms across the UK.
The Parasite Watch scheme run by
Fluke will also be tested quarterly using copro-antigen testing, which will pick up immature fluke at six weeks of age, giving farmers and SQPs the most advance warning they can. Flies will be monitored on the farm using fly traps.
How to use Parasite Watch
The aim of Parasite Watch is to not only inform the farmers involved in the project about parasite levels on their
Parasite data on the interactive map from each of the farms will be updated regularly.
With warmer weather enabling a longer grazing season and milder winters leading to more parasite survival, farmers need to have some degree of knowledge about parasites on their farm and in their area. As well as monitoring parasite risks by using the Parasite Watch map, farmers should also be using faecal egg counts and monitoring growth rates.
If Growth rates are below your target, that is the time to start investigating, it is impossible to judge by the calendar or what happened last year, you’ve got to look at
Sheep farmer tackles worms
Sheep farmer John Yeomans, Newtown, Wales, is one of the 18 farms involved in Parasite Watch.
He was involved in the scheme last year and says as a result of monitoring growth rates and cross referencing with faecal egg counts, he had some sheep that didn’t require any drenching last year.
He farms 500 Beulah/Speckled Face ewes and 200 ewe lambs, lambing in Mid-March.
“Last year, if we had lambs that were growing 200g a day or less, we were taking faecal egg counts. In the main, those with lower growth rates had more of a challenge with worms,” he says.
Mr Yeomans also didn’t
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