Georgie Atton

An Introduction to Equine Pinworm (Oxyuris equi)

An Introduction to Equine Pinworm (Oxyuris equi) What is pinworm? Oxyuris equi is a common horse pinworm that affects the equine population across the world. It spends the majority of its lifecycle as an intestinal worm, but also affects the a horse’s exterior. While not as dangerous as other parasites, it can cause significant irritation. The nematode has a direct life cycle with no intermediate host. It resides in the large intestine where, after mating, adult females migrate out through the…

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Risk of lungworm in unvaccinated calves and cattle

Risk of lungworm in unvaccinated calves and cattle What is Lungworm? Lungworm is a nematode that can affect many species of animals including sheep, cattle, deer, goats and horses. Each species typically has associated species of lungworm that it is susceptible to. The bovine lungworm called (Dictyocaulus viviparus) is the most common cause of lungworm in cattle. Depending on species, lungworms reside in the bronchi and bronchioles of the lungs (and sometimes heart) where they lay eggs. These eggs are…

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UK Parasite Watch July Edition: Parasitic Gastroenteritis (PGE)

UK Parasite Watch July Edition: Parasitic Gastroenteritis (PGE) What is PGE? Sheep Parasitic Gastroenteritis or PGE is one of the biggest challenges to the welfare and economic value of keeping sheep, being the most commonly diagnosed cause of mortality in young lambs in England and Wales. As the infective period progresses eggs will be shed onto pastures by infected animals. High pasture burdens may lead to disease and reduction in welfare and profit. What causes PGE? The causative agents of…

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Adapting to the loosening of COVID-19 lock down and preparing for the return to the new “normal”.

Adapting to the loosening of COVID-19 lock down and preparing for the return to the new “normal”. As we reported in our ‘News’ in April 2020, Ridgeway has been open for business throughout lock down. The Parasitology Laboratory has been very busy sourcing new parasites whilst maintaining both of its Liver and Rumen Fluke snail colonies. What’s been happening at RRL? As the UK and countries in Europe are gradually loosening the movement restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic, the…

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Top 10 uses of rapid progesterone measurement in milk

Top 10 uses of rapid progesterone measurement in milk Progesterone (P4) is a hormone well known for its uses in fertility management and heat detection in cattle. Today we are showing you 10 ways you can use progesterone measurement in milk to aid in improving your herds fertility. You can use rapid progesterone detection tests to confirm heat when you have observed bulling or have a cow that does not demonstrate signs – a low P4 result confirms heat, allowing…

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Heat Stress in poultry – what are the signs and how can we combat it?

Heat Stress in poultry – what are the signs and how can we combat it? I’m sure many people across the UK have been enjoying the beautiful weather recently, which has been welcomed and made it a little easier to remain in our gardens following social distancing restrictions. The same cannot be said for the poultry industry – as the months become hotter and we venture into the peak of summer, heat is a real problem for poultry. The poultry industry…

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Milk: an incredible life perpetuating commodity which can also be used as a health monitoring tool.

Milk: an incredible life perpetuating commodity which can also be used as a health monitoring tool. What is milk? Milk originates as the special fluid produced by mammals to feed their young – young that range from Wildebeest young where the precocious new born calf is ready to run with the herd within hours of birth to mammals where the young has to be supported by its mother or parents for years (as is the case with humans!). What are…

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Curious facts about the rumen fluke Calicophoron daubneyi

Curious facts about the rumen fluke Calicophoron daubneyi Another week nearly over with a brilliant bank holiday weekend on the horizon (I know I have been very grateful for the glorious sun!). Well done if you are managing to work through the obstacles coming our way at the moment. Here at RRL we are still here, still open and still working to ensure that we are following all guidelines. We have fully incorporated the governments risk assessments for laboratories and research…

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Milk and its many uses

Milk and its many uses An introduction to milk Years ago, a cow’s milk was produced for the sole purpose to be suckled by her calf. Utilisation of cow’s milk as a source of food was well developed by the 19th century with the dairy  being an important part of the farm, producing milk, cream, butter and cheese. A good example of a farm dairy can be seen at Acton Scott. Over time cattle have been selected for milk production or beef. Further…

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An update on Ridgeway Science and more from Bridgit Muasa’s research in Africa…

An update on Ridgeway Science and more from Bridgit Muasa’s research in Africa…  Ridgeway Science Still Open for Business! We are experiencing unprecedented times at the moment but we would like to assure you that we have measures in place to ensure that there will be no interruption in our services. We continue to be able to send ELISA kits to meet your needs and receive any samples for in house testing. Over the past month we have shipped consignments…

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