Barber Pole Worm

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Barber Pole Worm

Candy Cane Worm, Haemonchus Contortus


One of the most common stomach parasites in goats.Goat with Barbaer pole worm

Causes:

  • 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.

Symptoms:

  • Anemia
  • Dehydration
  • Peripheral
  • Internal fluid accumulation (Bottle-Jaw)
  • Blood loss
  • Pale Mucus membranes
  • Failure to thrive
  • Weight lossGoat with Barber pole worm Symptom

 

Transmission:

  • Barber Pole worm is transmitted by goat feces to the pasture.

Treatment:

  • 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.

Prevention:

  • 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.FAMACHA (‘Grade” of pale mucous membranes) system can be used to determine the need for deworming individual goats.

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