Spring pastures

Spring Pastures: What to consider before letting your animals out to pasture With lambing season upon us, there are many things to consider when grazing animals. Many cattle herds and sheep flocks are housed indoors over the winter months for various reasons. I’m sure they wouldn’t be too fond of the recent snow flurries that we’ve had! Indoor housing during the winter months provides protection from the elements and cold conditions, as well as conservation of energy that would have…

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Happy New Year: A round up of all of the parasites we have seen this year

Happy New Year: A round up of all of the parasites we have seen this year We’ve been lucky enough to see quite a range of parasites at Ridgeway this year, including some new ones and some that we are already familiar with. We thought we would share a few of these with you as a little round up of our work this year. We look forward to seeing what new and exciting species 2021 brings for us! Dictyocaulus filaria…

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Anthelmintics: when should I use a wormer?

Anthelmintics: when should I use a wormer? What are Anthelmintics? Anthelmintics or wormers are widely used across the globe, and a lot of the time can be misused causing resistance issues. Anthelmintics are drugs used to treat infection with nematodes (roundworms like Ascaradia galli in chickens), cestodes (tapeworms like Moniezia expansa in sheep) and trematodes (flukes like Calicophoron daubneyi in livestock). How do I know which wormer to use? Firstly, how do you know your animals need to be wormed? Have you noticed symptoms or seen…

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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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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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Dictyocaulus filaria – A potential cause of coughing sheep

Dictyocaulus filaria – A potential cause of coughing sheep What is Dicytocaulus filaria? One or two sheep coughing in a flock – particularly a harsh dry cough – could be a sign of Dictyocaulus filaria infection. This is a “lungworm” with the adult worms that measure some 4 – 10cm in length – living in the bronchi and causing bronchitis. Unlike other lungworms in sheep, this lungworm has a direct life cycle with larvae passed in droppings developing into infective larvae on pasture. Other…

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What is Lungworm? A quick guide to lungworm in cats & dogs

What is Lungworm? A quick guide to lungworm in cats & dogs. Lungworm is a potentially fatal parasite which can infect cats and dogs and is increasingly causing disease within companion animals. This guide gives need-to-know information and tips and tricks on how to avoid your pet contracting lungworm and how to best tackle an infection. What is Lungworm? Lungworm affects both dogs and cats and is caused mainly by the worms Angiostrongylus vasorum or Crenosoma vulpis in dogs and…

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