Fecal Egg Count
Evidence Based Worming
Administering a wormer every 6-8 weeks per the pack instructions is a thing of the past. Over the last 50 years this practice has lead to widespread resistance of several horse worms to common wormer ingredients. And, with no new worming ingredients on the horizon its time to re-think how we worm.
It is indeed time for evidence-based worming.
Basing a worming program on fecal egg counts allows each horse an individualised worming schedule. It not only benefits the horse but can also save you money by reducing the number of wormers you need to use each year.
Fecal Egg Counts
Fecal egg counts determine the number of eggs 'shed' in the manure, measured by eggs per gram (ecg).
Low 'shedders' shed less than 200 epg and only need two worming treatments a year. Some studies have shown that these are the majority of horses.
High 'shedders' shed greater that 500 epg, they require more worming treatments. Research has shown they represent only 20% of the horse population.
EasyWormer provide a Fecal Egg Count (FEC) service from our lab in Orange, NSW. Purchase a FEC on this website, download the instructions, send into us and we will email you a report and worming program by horse for your consideration.