Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Faecal egg counting? Get a life!
There are better ways of spending a Sunday, but using this microscope to count the number of nematodes and tiny insect eggs in sheep faeces is actually very important. Too many and the sheep will not prosper and will need to be chemically treated or the pasture ploughed. It is all part of a cycle. Infected sheep will infect the pasture with their droppings and this will go on to infect other sheep from the infected grass. In extreme cases the stock on the pasture will need to be replaced by cattle. These remedies are expensive so monitoring accurately the rate of infection is an important task.