Barber Pole Worm
Candy Cane Worm, Haemonchus Contortus
One of the most common stomach parasites in goats.
- It causes disease when the number of parasites is in excess of what the host can tolerate.
- Bloodsucking parasite causing blood and protein loss to the host resulting in anemia, bottle-jaw, and death.
- Internal fluid accumulation (Bottle-Jaw)
- Blood loss
- Pale Mucus membranes
- Failure to thrive
- Weight loss
- Barber Pole worm is transmitted by goat feces to the pasture.
- Using rotational grazing systems allow adequate pasture rest periods are important for a parasite control program.
- FAMACHA (‘Grade” of pale mucous membranes) system can be used to determine the need for deworming individual goats.
- Barber pole worm requires an integrated approach that utilizes various pasture management and grazing strategies and selective use of anthelmintic and treatment plans.
- Producers should be aware of breed and individual genetic resistance of animals to parasite.
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