Do you know the worm burden of the animals you intend to drench?

A simple laboratory test will give you the answers you need to make informed worming decisions.

Gastrointestinal worms are a major cause of disease and production loss in livestock. These worms can impact on animal health and cause significant economic loss. A key component of any successful worm control programme is knowing what is happening with worms on your property.

"SCOPEX CAN HELP YOU IDENTIFY SUB-CLINICAL (INVISIBLE) INFESTATIONS OF WORMS BEFORE MAJOR ECONOMIC LOSS OCCURS"

Scopex Laboratories provides the following tests to help monitor your worms: 

  • Worm egg counts
  • Drench checks
  • Larval typing
  • Fluke tests
  • Drench resistance tests
  • Breeding values

Worm Egg Counts (WEC's) are our 'corner stone' test. They enable you to monitor the success of many of your worm management strategies.

"SCOPEX CAN HELP TO MONITOR THE LEVEL OF SUCCESS OF YOUR WORM MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES"

WEC’s can:

  • Save you the expense of unnecessary drenching.
  • They can be used as a simple and quick way to check drench effectiveness (Drench Check).
  • They can help determine which drenches are most effective on your property (Drench Resistance Test)
  • They can help you to forestall a disaster due to heavy worm infection. 
  • Or simply to gauge which groups of animals are ‘wormy’.
  • They can be used to select rams that have natural resistance to worms for breeding (Breeding Values)

In addition we provide 'Larval typing'.  This test cultures the worm eggs until they hatch and identifies the worm larvae and mix of worm species on your property. This allows you to tailor your worm control strategies to target those individual worm species prevalent on your property at any particular point in time.

All of these tests offerred at Scopex Laboratories form part of a successful worm control programme. Necessary to minimise the risks of worm outbreaks and prevent sub-clinical (invisible) losses of animal production. If you are unsure what type of Worm Test to choose we encourage you to consult with a veterinarian or other suitably qualified adviser.

Our laboratory provides sample collection kits which are available to purchase here.

The 'Cost of Worms'

Some animals naturally carry a large burden of worms without showing any symptoms of infestation at all.

animal worm eggs

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When grazing animals have internal parasites, the adult worms lay eggs which pass out in the animals faeces. By counting the eggs in the faeces, we are able to determine how large the parasite burden in the animal is. Scopex Laboratories provides a laboratory testing service for worm egg monitoring which is essential for any sustainable worm management program.