Worm Watch July 2017


Weather conditions have been favourable for barber pole worm this month, and we are seeing egg counts rising in fecal samples.  Warm temperatures let the larvae develop faster in fecal pellets, and rain showers moisten the pellets so that the infective larvae leave the pellets and move onto the plants.  Once the larvae have come out from the feces, they can move from the soil to plant stems whenever conditions are wet, damp, or even just humid – as we’ve been seeing lately.

Now is the time to keep monitoring animals, especially lambs or yearlings on pasture for the first time, and to look for pale eyelids and even (at worst) bottle jaw. Some producers are already reporting serious worm problems.

When worming, it is important to know how effective your wormer is.  We are again offering free fecal egg counts, especially if you want to test the efficacy of wormers, this summer until the end of August.  If you  are interested and can arrange for samples to be sent to Halifax or Truro, you can contact me at gjones@smu.ca, or through the SPANS office, and we will do our best to help you.

Gwyneth Jones


Comments are closed.

Contact SPANS

60 Research Dr
Perennia Innovation Park
Bible Hill, NS
B6L 2R2
Phone: 902-893-7455
Fax: 902-893-7063