Parasite control and management is extremely important for the health and productivity of all farm animals. It is based on maintaining parasites at a level that clinical signs are not seen and that producitvity is not affected. A low level of parasitism helps to increase immunity in an individual animal and decrease drench resistance in the parasite population.
Routine faecal egg counting is the best way to monitor parasite infections and prevent from unneccesary drenching of animals. All we need is a small amount of faeces to test for the presence of eggs. This is a cost effective way of assessing parasite infections and to establish whether your animals need drenching.
Drench resisitance is an increasing problem in New Zealand so call to talk to one of our vets about parasite management on your property.