/Composite faecal egg count reduction tests

Composite faecal egg count reduction tests

In August and September, farmers sent faecal samples from their flocks in to Liverpool University for the standardised composite faecal egg count reduction tests (FECRT). This test detects the level of efficacy of the flukicide Triclabendazole (TBZ). The dry season reduced the incidence of liver fluke and there were low numbers or no fluke eggs in the samples. This made it  impossible to determine the efficacy of the flukicide most of the flocks, but the reduced level of fluke has improved sheep health. This may change as the year progresses, but the FECRT will not be able to be repeated until February or August 2019.