Tuesday, August 28, 2012

77 percent Haemonchus

From the pooled fecal sample collected on July 27, seventy-seven (77) percent of the worm larvae were identified as Haemonchus contortus (barber pole worm).

Fifteen percent were identified as Trichostrongylus. Eight percent were identified as "other", usually Ostertagia and Oesophagostumum.

Another pooled fecal sample was collected on August 22.  Random goats are collected for the pooled sample.

In the individual fecal samples, the fecal egg count includes all strongyle-type worms. Tapeworm (moniezia) and coccidia (eimeria sp.) eggs are sometimes found in some of the samples, but they do not factor into the egg count.

This year, all fecal analyses for the test are being done by Dr. Dahlia O'Brien's lab at Delaware State University.