Ano 2013 - Volume 33, Número 4


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Variability in the fecal egg count and the parasitic burden of hair sheep after grazing in nematode infected paddocks, 33(4):469-475
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ABSTRACT.- González-Garduño R., Mendoza-de Gives P. & Torres-Hernández G. 2013. Variability in the fecal egg count and the parasitic burden of hair sheep after grazing in nematode infected paddocks. Pesquisa Veterinária Brasileira 33(4):469-475. Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Unidad Regional Universitaria Sursureste, P.O. Box 29 Teapa, 86800 Tabasco, México. E-mail address: robgardu@hotmail.com

This study aimed to evaluate the variability in the fecal egg count (FEC) and the parasitic burden of naive hair sheep after grazing in nematode infected paddocks. The research was carried out in Tabasco, Mexico, during two periods (August and December). In each period 32 lambs were grazed for one month on African star grass (Cynodon plectostachyus) contaminated with gastrointestinal parasitic nematodes. FEC, packed cell volume (PCV) and body weight (BW) were recorded. Gastrointestinal worms were recovered at necropsy. Data were analyzed with the MIXED procedure of SAS using a model of repeated measurements over time. A higher number of Haemonchus contortus worms was found in December (2814±838) than in August (1166±305). The opposite occurred with Cooperia curticei (2167±393 and 3638±441, respectively). The FEC and correlation coefficient in respect to the worm burden were higher in December (6516 ± 1599, r=0.83, respectively) than in August (4364±771, r=0.44, respectively). A high variability in resistance-susceptibility to gastrointestinal nematodes (GIN) occurred in Katahdin × Pelibuey lambs after grazing.
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