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Worm burdens in sheep at slaughter

Besier, B., Ryan, U.ORCID: 0000-0003-2710-9324 and Bath, C.ORCID: 0000-0001-9427-1941 (2004) Worm burdens in sheep at slaughter. In: Agribusiness Sheep Updates, 27 - 28 July, Perth, Western Australia

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In a survey of internal parasites in sheep at slaughter, high worm egg counts were found in a large proportion of lamb lines, suggesting significant production loss. Counts were lower in adult sheep, but were also significant in many lines. The protozoal parasites Giardia and Cryptosporidium were also commonly detected. Scouring was observed in some lines, and although not clearly related to parasitic infections, worm infections remain the most likely cause. It appears that many producers are not aware of the potential loss due to parasites in sheep intended for slaughter, and further investigation is required into the extent of losses and methods of prevention.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Copyright: © Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Agriculture 2004
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