Cria Genesis can provide advice on internal and external parasite control of your herd. Every farm has different numbers and types of parasites affecting their animals, and management needs to be tailored appropriately for individual properties. Roundworms and fluke can be monitored in your herd by undertaking frequent faecal egg counts. Read about faecal egg counting here and how to collect samples from your herd here. If you suspect drench resistance in your herd read here to find out how you can do a quick test to identify if there is a problem.
Liver fluke in alpacas
Liver fluke is the common name of the trematode, Fasciola hepatica. The parasite is found worldwide and is the only liver fluke found in Australia. Infection can lead to reduced productivity and death and costs millions of dollars each year in lost production, stock deaths and costs of treatment and prevention. The fluke mainly affects cattle and sheep, but can also affect alpacas, goats, horses, pigs, kangaroos, wombats, rabbits and deer.
Download a copy of an article about liver fluke in alpacas, here:
Barber’s pole worm
The gastrointestinal parasite Haemonchus spp. is better known as the barber’s pole worm (BPW) because the adult female worm has a white tubular uterus that winds around the blood-filled tubular gut, giving the look of a barber’s pole. This parasite is a blood sucker of domestic livestock, causing anaemia and illthrift and can kill alpacas (and sheep, cattle and goats) quickly and in high numbers. Have a look at a typical roundworm lifecycle here.
Download a copy of an article on barber’s pole worm in alpacas, here:
Eradication of lice from your alpaca herd
Download a copy of lice articles describing eradication of the camelid biting louse, Bovicola breviceps, here:
An alpaca infested with the camelid biting louse, Bovicola breviceps