Research Article
Volume 5 Issue 3 - 2020
Prevalence of Gastro-Intestinal Parasites on Weaned Dohne Merino Lambs in Mixed Veld of the Eastern Cape, South Africa
MS Jansen*, N Nyangiwe, J Welgemoed and LM Nobumba
The epidemiology of gastro-intestinal parasites on Dohne merino lambs reared under Bhisho Thornveld, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
*Corresponding Author: MS Jansen, The epidemiology of gastro-intestinal parasites on Dohne merino lambs reared under Bhisho Thornveld, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Received: February 10, 2020; Published: February 26, 2020


The aim of the study were to investigate the effects of weather patterns on the monthly occurrence of gastro- intestinal parasites on recently weaned Dohne merino lambs on mixed veld in the Eastern Cape during 2010. 

Significantly higher infections of roundworms and Coccidia were observed during warm wet months of January (Roundworm 2309.1 ± 1064.64 and Coccidia 3937.7 ± 1137.22), February (Roundworm 2136.9 ± 995.74 and Coccidia 2225.3 ± 932.19), and March (Roundworm 4105.4 ± 819.13 and Coccidia 2890.8 ± 874.98) and April (Roundworm 3014.4 ± 723.53 and Coccidia 1424.6 ± 772.86). Roundworm (769.1 ± 623.14) and Coccidia (771.7 ± 665.62) had very low counts during cold and dry month (June) of the same year. The helminth infections were seen to start picking up after the begging of early rains during hot wet months. The current study reveals that gastrointestinal parasites larvae develop and survive best under warm, wet environments. Therefore, knowledge concerning monthly occurrence of gastro-intestinal helminth is essential in order to develop appropriate control strategies according to specific geographic area.

Keywords: Gastro-Intestinal Infections; Weather Patterns; Lambs; Roundworms; Coccidia


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