Poultry producers urged to prioritise worming
Annual expenses for worm infestations are thought to
have run into millions of pounds in the UK, and it is for this reason that
poultry producers have a strategic worming programme in
Dave Cunnah, pig and poultry manager with Janssen Animal Health, states
that costs for the poultry farmer are higher than ever, especially when looking
at the price of feed.
In a survey conducted by the SAC Veterinary Services avian health unit,
worm eggs were found on 26 out of 27 flocks. Additionally, it was noted that
unless free-range flocks are wormed every 12 weeks they stand a >80% chance
of being infected.
"The last thing producers need is millions of mouths eroding the economics
of poultrymeat and egg production," said Cunnah.
He urged poultry producers to give worming a higher priority: "It should
not be treated as a 'last resort' management option."
Worm infections in birds can cause gut damage, reduce egg quality often at
peak laying period and can sometimes cause death.
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