Worm egg counting can be used for any class of livestock and is especially important in sheep, where good worm control is essential to prevent disease and maintain efficient production.
Worm eggs are detected by mixing faeces with a salt solution so they float and can be counted under a microscope. The worm egg count is expressed as the number of eggs per gram of faeces.
Worm egg counts have several purposes including:
- determining whether drenching is needed to treat or prevent disease or production loss caused by worms
- monitoring the effectiveness of planned control programs
- testing for drench effectiveness
- testing individual sheep for selection for worm resistance.
DAFWA is hosting a Worm Egg Counting workshop, with theory presented by well-known Veterinary Parasitologist Dr Brown Besier, and the practical component presented by Jill Lyon, DAFWA Senior Laboratory Officer.
This course will include:
- information on worms, drenches and worm control programs, laboratory equipment required for doing the counts, and discussion regarding lab results
- a practical session in the lab with a demonstration
- the opportunity for all participants to perform counts on their own sheep.
Date: 27 April 2017
Cost: $400 per participant
Time: 8.45am to 4.30pm
Venue: DAFWA Albany Office, 444 Albany Highway, Albany 6330
RSVP: Jill Lyon, firstname.lastname@example.org or +61 (0)8 9892 8559