5 ways to prevent worms that don’t involve drench
• 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.