High Worm & Fluke Burden

 Wet conditions and warm temperatures are good for grass growth, but they also favour stomach worms and liver fluke. Faecal egg counting is a very useful way to monitor worm burdens along with a check on growth rates and general health. Post drench egg counts are extremely valuable to indicate how effective the worming had been (even more so if a pre-treatment count was carried out).
SCOPS is also watching the situation with regard to liver fluke carefully because the conditions so far, coupled with the mild and very wet winter, has resulted in many liver fluke overwintering. This means stock may have been picking up large numbers of infective liver fluke since turnout and after 12 weeks will be putting eggs on the pasture in their dung, potentially storing up a huge challenge for the late summer and autumn. One option in high risk areas is to consider treating grazing animals with a product that kills adult egg-laying liver fluke NOW to reduce contamination for later. Please contact us for more information 

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