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It took nearly 18 months to get it all back under control, even with regular worming, but we got there in the end.
DG who do you use for FEC? Did they recommend worming then re-testing a few weeks later to check for resistance to your wormer?
shame you couldn't put sheep/cattle in the pasture for a bit , or one of them then the other, as they assist in keeping worms down
Did worm count for mine yesterday and they have both come back with low/med count. First time in around five years.
We poo pick daily.
Don't think I worded the original statement clearly! I meant to say that they have been clear for the last five years and this time have come back showing worms present. Vet says they are seeing more worm counts being positive this year.I knew what I meant
Dancingirl- where do you put your poo?! I know some people just pile it up in their field and this in my eyes negates the benefits of poo picking.
Also with regard to 'dose and move'- this is actually a very dangerous way of managing livestock as if you worm them and then move to a new pasture, the only worms on the new pasture are those that are resistant to the wormers. These then replicate and bam, you have a whole pasture full of resistant worms. It is important to keep a population of worms 'in refugia' i.e. never having been exposed to a wormer. So putting them back on the same field for a few days to ingest a small burden of naive worms, or moving the horses to a new field and worming them a few days in, is a much safer option.
As to Verm-X, there was an interesting study where verm-x was given to chickens (As they have worms which are very easy to kill!), and worm counts actually increased after giving verm-x!!
Vet says they are seeing more positive results this summer and are putting it down to the hot weather.