Saturday, 28 May 2016

Assessing the usefulness of mineral licks containing herbal extracts with anti-parasitic properties for the control of gastrointestinal helminths in grazing sheep - A field trial

Volume 53, Issue 2, 1 June 2016, Pages 180-485


a  Department of Environmental Zoology, Institute of Animal Sciences, University of Agriculture in Kraków, 24/28 Mickiewicza av., Kraków, Poland
b  Department of Animal Biotechnology, University of Agriculture in Kraków, 1b Rȩdzina St., Kraków, 


One of the alternative methods of parasite control, of particular importance in sustainable farming, is the use of medicinal plants. The specific aim of the present field trial was to assess the anti-parasitic effects of herbal extracts contained in a commercially available lick formulation for sheep. At the outset of this study conducted during the grazing season, all animals were de-wormed and then randomly assigned to one of the two separately kept groups (treatment and control), each consisting of 25 animals (11 ewes and 14 lambs). The treatment group received mineral licks containing the extracts of the plants with anti-parasitic properties, while control animals received standard mineral licks ad libitum. Rectal fecal samples were collected monthly from all animals for the McMaster analyses. There were no significant differences in the prevalence and intensity of helminth infections between the treatment and control groups. Thus, we were not able to ascertain the efficacy of the commercial herbal de-wormer tested for the control of gastrointestinal helminths in grazing ewes and their lambs. © 2016 Institute of Parasitology, SAS, Košice 2016.

Author keywords

gastrointestinal nematodes; medicinal plants; mineral licks; Moniezia spp; sheep
ISSN: 04406605Source Type: Journal Original language: English
DOI: 10.1515/helmin-2016-0008Document Type: Article
Publisher: De Gruyter Open Ltd

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