DIY worm eggs counts and environmentally sustainable control


Dear all

It's so important to be aware that pesticides and anthelmintic over use can be environmentally damaging with chemicals finding their way into rivers and waterways and affecting insects and biodiversity
Not only this, excessive use leads to resistance of gut nematodes (ruminants and horses) thus depriving us of valuable effective products in the long term

Treatment based on worm eggs count findings (consult your vet and see SCOPS publications) is the way forward - but sending regular samples away for testing can be expensive

Common worm eggs are simple to recognise, and there is no particular skill required to perform worm egg counting techniques - there are good tutorials and much information out there.


To start you off, I can offer McMaster worm egg counting slides at a very low costs - £15, see images, available on ebay. I can also e mail charts of worm eggs. Contact [email protected]

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...