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on September 18, 2009

Survey checks for worms

Participating herds will be visited to collect faecal samples for worm egg count analysis.

Pig producers in Northern Ireland are being invited to help in gathering up-to-date information about worm parasites affecting their animals. A project run by researchers from the school of biological sciences at Queens University Belfast, with funding from the provincial government’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, has started to survey worm infestations in Northern Ireland’s pigs. 

Participating herds will be visited to collect faecal samples for worm egg count analysis and will complete a detailed questionnaire about the farm’s facilities and its worming regime. The survey comes amid renewed interest in undertaking action against ascarid roundworms that cause poor growth performance as well as liver milk-spots. 

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