* Eggs can survive on grass for up to six months,
leaving your sheep extremely vulnerable to their
consumption via contaminated pasture.
* Once ingested, sheep develop larval cysts in
their body, frequently causing their carcass to
be condemned at slaughter as unfit for human
* Tapeworm causing Cysticercus tenuicollis
was responsible for over 751, 500 liver
condemnations and also 28,000 carcassses
were rejected because of C.Ovis.
High levels of cysticercosis have been reported
across South West England (Green et al, 1995) with
one outbreak leading to condemnation of 7% of
carcasess (Eichenberger et al, 2011).
82% of producers reported deworming working
dogs every three months.
Findings suggest that there is a need for greater
veterinary engagement in ovine cysticercosis
control, including stronger advice on frequency of
farm dog cestocide protocols.
Infestation with some species of tapeworms is as
high as 50% in young sheep (Bates 2013)
In 2017 Dog tapeworms cost the English sheep
industry more than £2.1 million in abbatoir
condemnations (AHDB 2017)
When did you last worm your farm dogs?
The full report of Taeniid and other parasitie ova
in the faeces of working sheepdogs in south-west
England can be found on our website