With an increasing risk of resistance to wormers, Worm Egg Counts are perfect as part of your targeted worming programme! SCOPS and NADIS and Vets are encouraging the use of FEC to help lower the use of worming unnecessarily.
Why use Faecal Egg Count in Sheep and Livestock?
The resilience to chemical treatment for worms is an increasing concern to farmers, small holders, vets and SQPs. Over the past 40 years the routing use of anthelmintics (wormers) combined with grazing management has been sufficient in controlling worm burdens within the UK sheep flock, however this has come at a cost. We now find ourselves in a position where the effectiveness of chemical wormers is compromised due to the ever increasing resilience to these.
This is a big concern to farmers, small holders, vets and other animal medicine industries as the development of new wormers is much slower than that of the rate of resilience.
It is therefore important that as farmers/ small holders, we look into alternative ways to manage worm burdens in our livestock and treat strategically.
Here at Feclab, we care about our customers and the service that we provide. As small holders ourselves, we understand the challenges that are faced daily in order to maintain a happy and healthy flock.
Our fully qualified Animal Medicines Advisers (SQPs) are always happy to offer advice and support where needed.
A faecal egg count (FEC) counts the number of worm eggs in faeces and is then used to monitor the worm burden in sheep. The results are presented as ‘eggs per gram’ (EPG) of faeces and the number of eggs is an indication of the number of adult worms in the gut of the sheep.