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Let's Talk Sheep - Nematodirus / Coccidia in Lambs


Join us tonight at 8pm for an hour-long Let's Talk Sheep webinar to learn more about nematodirus and coccidiosis in lambs. This is very timely as the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have just issued their Nematodirus forecast indicating peak larval hatching this week. Register here

Ciarán Lynch, Teagasc Sheep Specialist is moderator for this most important webinar. Don't miss it!

Nematodirus

Dr. Orla Keane, Teagasc Research Officer, will be talking about Nematodirus infection in young lambs. Nematodirosis is a severe parasitic disease of lambs six to twelve weeks of age which become infected through ingesting large numbers of infective larvae from grazing on contaminated pasture.This is very timely as the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have just issued their Nematodirus forecast which has indicated that peak hatching and infection will be about a week earlier this year due to higher soil temperature this spring. Orla will discuss the symptoms of the disease, what control products to use and how to reduce the risk of infection to lambs. 

Coccidiosis

Mr. Michael Gottstein, Teagasc Head of Sheep, will talk about coccidiosis infection in young lambs. This is a condition which also occurs in the young lambs around the same time that we start to see issues with Nematodirus. Nematodirus can be wrongly assumed to be the cause of severe diarrhoea in lambs when in fact the cause is a coccidial infection. Rotation of pasture and frequent movement of feeding troughs and watering points to drier areas will help prevent coccidiosis in young lambs. Michael will discuss symptoms, control and hygiene measures for dealing with Coccidiosis. 

Find out more about the series here