Texas sheep, goat industry affects due to parasites in flock
Fecal egg count is key to tackling parasites, avers AgriLife Research
The Texas sheep and goat industry is facing a serious problem as parasites are affecting the farmers’ livestock. To tackle the issue, Texas A&M AgriLife Research has opened a Fecal Egg Count, FEC Laboratory on June 15. The lab will help farmers rearing sheep and goat in crucial genetic selection decisions.
Jake Thorne, AgriLife Research sheep and goat associate, San Angelo, said that the problem can be tackled by genetic selection and identifying animals that are more resistant to barber’s pole worm. Analysing the animals fecal egg counts can help producers make better breeding decisions and reduce anthelmintic use.
Farmers can drop off the fecal samples at the centre during regular business hours or via express mail or delivery service. The analysis will be done within seven days of receipt of the sample and will cost $5 per sample.