5 ways to pre­vent worms that don’t in­volve drench

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Notebook -

• A stom­ach full of good grass is the best drench there is. Healthy an­i­mals can fight worm chal­lenges more eas­ily.

• Higher pas­ture cover means more graz­ing and less ex­po­sure to the low­est 5cm of leaf which is where the ma­jor­ity of worm eggs are wait­ing to be eaten.

• An an­i­mal health plan should sched­ule where the con­tam­i­nat­ing an­i­mals need to graze, and how you will be mak­ing de­ci­sions about what stock need treat­ing, with what and when. For ex­am­ple, plan­ning pre-lamb treat­ments of ewes needs to be­gin in the win­ter with mon­i­tor­ing preg­nancy sta­tus, ewe con­di­tion and maybe some fae­cal egg counts (FECS).

• Sheep and cat­tle younger than nine months of age are the ma­jor con­tam­i­na­tors of pas­ture. Plan where to graze lambs or calves to break the cy­cle of con­tam­i­na­tion and ex­po­sure.

• New grasses and feed crops have low worm lev­els.

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