Worm Care Package
Paton and Lee offer an annual worm care package to make worming your horse as simple and cost effective as possible. With ever increasing levels of resistance to anthelmintics (wormers), a targeted and responsible worming protocol is very important.
The Paton and Lee worm care package includes:
- Three worm egg counts each year between March and November, including text message reminders that they are due.
- Equest Pramox (treatment up to 700kg) for effective larvicidal and tapeworm treatment once during the winter period (December to February).
- Worming and pasture management advice from qualified and independent equine veterinary surgeons, tailored specifically to your individual horse's needs
- An email follow-up that includes a summary of the advice you have been given for the year
- Worming peace of mind!
The total cost of the worm care package for 2016 is £49.50 per year.
Please note that the package doesn't include any additional wormers required if very high worm levels are found on a worm egg count. Veterinary advice about the most suitable wormer to use in these circumstance will be given. The package also excludes and postage and packaging, so if you require wormers to be sent out as part of the package, P&P for this will be extra.
In addition to worming at the right time with the right wormer, pasture management is essential as a part of a worming protocol:
- Within a population of horses, 80% of the worms are present within 20% of the horses and therefore worm egg counts must be performed on all horses within a herd.
- Regular removal of droppings from the pasture is essential. This should be performed at least twice weekly during the grazing season (March to November) and once weekly between November and March. If the autumn and winter months are mild and wet (as in previous years), twice weekly removal must be continued year round.
- Paddock size is important: Overstocking should be avoided: Ideally fields should contain no more than one or two horses per acre, as horses lower down the pecking order will be forced to graze the rough pasture close to defaecation areas where worm burdens will be higher.
- Large paddocks should be divided so that they can be alternately grazed and rested to reduce pressure on pastures.
- Very small paddocks should be avoided with youngstock as the pasture can develop extremely high larval counts particularly if droppings are not regularly removed.
- Harrowing is not as effective as removal of droppings from pasture. Harrowing is only successful in dry, hot conditions. In damp conditions, harrowing simply spreads worm eggs and larvae over the pasture, thereby increasing pasture contamination.
- Pastures should be rested for at least 5 months but it should be noted that worm larvae can live for years both on pasture and in horses, so simply resting a pasture does not guarantee it will be worm free. Removal of droppings from pasture is essential.
- Grazing pasture with sheep or cattle, which act as biological vacuum cleaners can be helpful. Worms that affect horses are host specific and generally cannot survive in sheep or cattle.
- Horses should not be treated with a wormer and then moved to a new pasture as this simply encourages resistant worms to multiply. Horses should ideally be treated and not be moved to new pastures for at least 3 weeks.
- For worming advice for foals and youngstock, please do not hesitate to call us on 01376 513369 and we will be happy to advise you.