Deworming poultry can reduce feed cost pressure
The increasing feed prices have made it more important
than ever for pig and poultry producers to have a strategic worming programme in
place, according to Dave Cunnah of Janssen Animal
Worm infections are a costly problem for farmers. The animals grow less and
together with the higher feed prices, the losses are getting even bigger.
Worms in birds could cause gut damage, leading to poor use of feed, loss of
shell and yolk colour, poor egg size and fewer eggs. Heavy worm infection levels
could lead to loss of bird condition and even death.
Cunnah urges pig and poultry producers to give worming a higher priority
and not treat it as a last resort. He said a broad spectrum anthelmintic offered
in drinking water would reduce high worm burdens to a level where intervals
between treatments could be lengthened, helping to prevent the problem flaring
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