24 November 1995

Sheep worm risks after mild spell

FLOCKMASTERS are being warned of an increased worm risk in stock.

The warning follows the steady rise in numbers of infected sheep worm larvae on pastures due to the recent mild, wet conditions, reports the latest edition of Signets Beef and Sheep notes.

The dry summer reduced the parasitic challenge and hence the need for worming. Now the challenge is heavier, lambs have less immunity than normal.

Producers who suspect worm infection are advised to submit faeces samples to their local VI Centre for worm egg counts and to seek vet advice when ill-thrift is a concern.