Georgie Atton

Infected Liver fluke snail

Parasite Watch Autumn Edition: Parasites to Watch Out For in Your Ruminants

Parasite Watch Autumn Edition: Parasites to Watch Out For in Your Ruminants This week we’re going to focus on parasites which cause two specific diseases in ruminates. These are parasitic gastroenteritis or PGE, caused by roundworms, and liver fluke, caused (unsurprisingly) by liver fluke flatworms. What is PGE? Parasitic gastroenteritis is one of the major contributors of reduced productivity in ruminants. An overburden of parasitic nematodes (roundworms) causes the infection in cattle, sheep and goats. These parasites reside in the…

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Anthelmintics: When Should I Use a Wormer?

Anthelmintics: When Should I Use a Wormer? What are wormers? An anthelmintic, or wormer, is a drug which treats infections of parasitic worms. These could be nematodes — roundworms like Ascaradia galli in chickens, cestodes — tapeworms like Moniezia expansa in sheep, or trematodes — flukes like Calicophoron daubneyi in various livestock species. Anthelmintics are widely used across the globe, but misuse is leading to the growing issue of resistance. How do I know which wormer to use? Firstly, how do you know your animals need…

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Moving Towards Sustainable Global Use of Veterinary Antibiotics

Moving Towards Sustainable Global Use of Veterinary Antibiotics Misuse of antibiotics Penicillin has saved millions of lives since its discovery in 1928 by the famous Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming. Since then, scientists have developed antibiotics further and now there are hundreds of different types. Across the world, these drugs treat bacterial infections from acne to meningitis. Similarly, antibiotics have quickly become vital in veterinary care. These days, the lives of millions of animals are improved thanks to these vital drugs.…

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The Challenges of Going Off Grid and Preparing for the Unexpected!

The Challenges of Going Off Grid and Preparing for the Unexpected! If you’re seeking to explore some less crowded areas this summer, we have a cautionary tale for you! A staff member’s recent experience brought ticks back into the spotlight here at Ridgeway Research. It’s never a good sign when you’re travelling and you look down at your legs only to scream “WHAT IS THAT?!” It was a tiny “seed” tick, the young larval or nymphal tick stage. Tiny but…

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What is Blowfly Strike in Sheep?

What is Blowfly Strike in Sheep? Blowfly strike is a common annual battle that sheep farmers must face, particularly during the summer months. When the weather is warm and wet, it creates optimum conditions for flies and maggots to thrive. What causes blowfly strike? Blowfly strike is caused by the larvae of dipteran flies. They invade the skin of living sheep, causing lesions that can lead to tissue and muscle damage. The primary flies (green bottles) strike first, laying their…

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Struggle and Strength During COVID-19

Struggle and Strength During COVID-19 Now in August, it has been almost five months since our lives were changed by COVID-19-related restrictions. There are so, so many things that have changed within the business as a result of it. Despite all of the changes and associated challenges, we are performing and achieving results. Having heard Dr. Pippa Grange talking about deep wins (as opposed to shallow wins), it feels as if we have actually increased our capacity to achieve deep…

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Quality Monitoring of Liver Fluke Metacercariae

Quality Monitoring of Liver Fluke Metacercariae At our laboratory part of the work we do is to maintain several colonies of mud snails. These are intermediate hosts in the life cycle of the liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica. After eggs pass out of infected sheep in faecal matter, the eggs remain dormant on pasture until conditions are optimal. When weather conditions are warm and wet, the eggs hatch into the free-living stage. These miracidium actively seek out the snail hosts and subsequently…

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Heat Detection: Is Your Heat Detection Method Ineffective?

Heat Detection: Is Your Heat Detection Method Ineffective? Why do we need heat detection? Heat detection is an essential component of the dairy industry. Missed or mistimed heats lead to increased calving periods and a resulting financial burden. Similarly, wasted Artificial Insemination (AI) and loss of pregnancies caused by mistiming of AI adds to this financial burden.  There is a plethora of heat detection aids on the market, ranging from simple mount detectors to fully automated robotic in-line systems. These…

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Progesterone in Dogs: Assessment of Heat and Whelping

Progesterone in Dogs: Assessment of Heat and Whelping For dog breeders, one of the most difficult parts of breeding can be identifying the right time to mate. Female dogs usually have just two seasons a year, and the fertile window can be very small. Even though a bitch might show bleeding and behavioural signs of heat for over 2 weeks, her fertile window might be as narrow as just a few days. progesterone testing is one of the ways breeders…

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Attention to Parasitology Laboratory customers

Attention to Parasitology Laboratory customers We have been made aware of an issue where our emails containing results are not reaching customers. Please ensure you check your junk/spam folder and if you have not received communications from us within 48 hours of your samples arriving here, please get in contact with us. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for bearing with us.

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