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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FEC: What is a faecal egg count and why should I use them?

What is a FEC? Faecal Egg Counts, also known as FEC, WEC or EPG count assesses the worm burden within an animal. A FEC does what it says on the tin – a technician will look at the faeces and literally count the number of eggs in a set amount of the faeces. This is then taken as a representative for the burden of the animal. Results are typically presented in EPG or eggs per gram, allowing you to compare…

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Nematodirosis in Lambs

What is Nematodirus ? Nematodirus spp. is a thread like roundworm that infects the small intestine and causes disease in lambs, goats and occasionally cattle causing a high number of deaths. Nematodirus spp. infection largely affects lambs at spring time as adult sheep develop a natural resistance to the infection. Due to its unique development and life cycle, a phenomenon known as the spring flush can occur. Three species of Nematodirus spp. can affect sheep, with Nematodirus battus the most…

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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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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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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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Ridgeway Research Ltd | Liver Fluke

Liver Fluke: A further insight into it's effect on livestock.

Liver Fluke: A further insight into it’s effect on livestock. Liver fluke infections cost the UK farming industry an estimated £300 million per year, through animal death, or decreased productivity in chronically infected animals that may show no obvious signs of disease. At Ridgeway Research Ltd we are committed to animal welfare and aiding the scientific understanding of parasite life cycles and their control. At our laboratory we maintain the Liver Fluke life cycle, producing and supplying metacercariae to Universities…

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