Worm Weather Warning

2011 was a year of wet, warm weather and worms thrive on these conditions. The winter so far has been mainly mild which means that worm activity has not really died off this year.  The results will be felt as Spring starts to arrive and we can expect a large increase in larval activity.  Have you adjusted your worming programme and pasture management regime to account for this?

Understanding the life cycle of the worms which infect horses is essential when designing any worming programme.  All of the life cycles start with the horse ingesting the larvae/ eggs either from the pasture or from their body (i.e. bot eggs, pinworm). Various stages of development occur within the horse resulting in adult egg laying worms being passed out in faeces back on to the pasture. This cycle means that contamination of the pasture is continuous when worming chemicals are not working properly, and therefore the re-infection of horses is inevitable.

The level of larvae in the pasture directly affects how long the wormers work for.  Not many people realise this and the difference can be as much as 6 weeks!!!!  Have you taken this into account this summer when selecting the intervals between your wormers.

The only way to eradicate worms is to break their life cycle. Larvae can live in pasture for years, but because larvae cannot be seen by the human eye owners have no way of determining whether their pasture is contaminated or not. Many owners are still harrowing their pasture, and whilst this can be effective if it is done in the correct climates, it is often carried out when the temperatures are not sufficient to kill the larvae.  This then increases contamination, by spreading the larvae/ worms across the entire pasture.

IW can determine over a period of time whether your pasture is contaminated, and offer advice and guidance through our detailed risk assessment process on methods to helps reduce your contamination. IW knows that not everyone can dung collect regularly, and that some people do have any jurisdiction over pasture management regimes so we ensure that through our risk assessments your horse/s are protected in the environment in which they live.

If your pasture is contaminated then there is a possibility that the horses grazing it have an infection as well.  Most horse owners have no idea whether there horse is infected or not.  They just guess
X  Just because a horse looks well is not indicative that they do not have a worm burden.
X  Just because you have had one faecal egg count which has come back with a negative result is
    not indicative that they do not have a worm burden.
X  Just because you cannot see worms in the dung is not indicative that they do not have a 
    worm burden.

The only way to guarantee that you know what is going on is to put your horse [s] on a 100% effective parasite control program.  This will:
 Identifies the risk of your horse having or being susceptible to worms
 Enables the safe reduction of chemical wormers
 Identifies whether there are worms in your pasture
 Prevents the development of resistant worms

Don’t waste any more time not knowing what is really going on.  Join Intelligent Worming today.  To sign up today simply call 01267 223322 or register your details on line. 4,500 horses are already benefiting from our service, why let your horse/s miss out?