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1. Should lambs be regularly treated for intestinal tapeworm?
2. How are power-assisted applicators useful when applying flystrike prevention products?
3. What are the key ways to produce low residue wool?
While tapeworms are large and the segments passing in the dung are very obvious, there is no consistent evidence that they cause production loss or ill-health. Therefore, treatment for tapeworms is not warranted.
Intestinal tapeworms (Moniezia) are blamed for a range of sheep problems, but there is no hard evidence for any effects on production or health. Treating specifically for intestinal tapeworm is unlikely to be beneficial, whether in terms of scouring or weight gains. It is more important to effectively treat the less visible worms (the important sheep roundworms), which can cause severe production losses and death.
Many of these products can be applied using power-assisted (compressed air or LPG gas cylinder) applicators. This assists with consistent delivery of the selected dose, ensures rapid and reliable refilling of the gun and reduces operator fatigue. For smaller flocks the simple manual squeeze type applicators available offer a cheap and easily portable means of application. It is essential that only applicators approved for particular products are used and calibrated according to directions for the product of choice, before being used on the sheep.