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and worms in goats

Feature articles

BioWorma® and Livamol with BioWorma®—biological control of roundworms in sheep, goats and cattle

by Chris Lawlor, Managing Director, International Animal Health Products

A commercial Duddingtonia flagrans fungus product is now available for biological control of worms. It kills worm larvae when they emerge from worm eggs in the dung, resulting in fewer infective worm larvae on the pasture. >> Read more.

Thinking of breeding for flystrike resistance?

from the FlyBoss web site

It is possible to select and breed your flock for increased flystrike resistance by focussing on the traits that increase the risk of breech strike and body strike. Here is how you can get started. >> Read more. 

Lice treatment for breeding ewes and their lambs

from the LiceBoss web site

Treatment of ewes about to lamb or with lambs at foot makes eradication more difficult. Once you have decided to treat breeding ewes, the LiceBoss Ewe/Lamb Treatments Tool can recommend the type of treatment for the ewes and whether their lambs may also require treatment. >> Try it here.

Immunity to worm infection—how different is it in goats?

from the WormBoss web site

Goats have different strategies to regulate their worm burdens. Unlike sheep, they seem unable to reduce the establishment of infective worm larvae or to expel adult worms (self-cure) from the gut. >> Read more.

Fast Fact: Toxoplasma gondii alters rodents’ behaviour for the benefit of its host

This parasite's real home is the cat's gut, but can be carried by any warm blooded animal, including sheep and goats. To find its way there, it encourages the cat's favourite food—rodents—to show themselves up to the cat.

T. gondii doesn't harm cats at all and is â€‹excreted in their faeces. However, in other creatures it alters their behaviours; rats and mice are drawn to, rather than fearful of, the scent of cats. This effect is advantageous to the parasite, which will be able to sexually reproduce if its host is eaten by a cat.

The infection is highly precise, as it does not affect a rat's other fears, such as the fear of open spaces or of unfamiliar-smelling food. In addition, infected male rats also seem more attractive to females, increasing mating chances, and spreading the parasite to their offspring.

 

 


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Thinking of breeding for flystrike resistance?
Lice treatment for breeding ewes and their lambs
Immunity to worm infection - how different is it in goats?