In the Poo! An introduction to Faecal Worm Egg Counts for Sheep Webinar Recording

Worms (internal parasites) are currently estimated to cost the Australian sheep and wool industry more than $260 million per year and the Australian goat industry $2.5 million per year.

Being familiar with the important worms on your property and how they multiply and survive helps you plan effective worm control and maximise profits. 

A major concern is the development of resistance by worms, lice and blowflies to many of the chemicals used to control them. Worm control and drench resistance management in livestock is most efficient and sustainable when there is an indication of the size of worm burdens and the effectiveness of drenches.

The lifecycle of the barber’s pole worm in sheep (DPIRD)

Faecal worm egg counts give an estimate of the worm burden in the gastrointestinal tract of an animal based on the number of worm eggs present in a sample of faeces.

Recorded in 2020, and presented by local farmer, LCDC Committee member, and former veterinarian, Lisa Chandler, this ‘Talkin’ After Hours Webinar gives an introduction to parasites we need to look out for and a demonstration on how to prepare and do your own faecal worm egg count.

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