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A preliminary report on the use of FAMACHA© for haemonchosis in goats in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa during the late autumn / early winter period : short communication

C. Sri Jeyakumar
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 78, No 2 | a296 | DOI: | © 2007 C. Sri Jeyakumar | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 June 2007 | Published: 01 June 2007

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From May to July 2005 a study was conducted on the prevalence and effects of haemonchosis in goats farmed on communal grazing belonging to resource-poor farmers at two study sites, namely Mlungisi (26°53'E, 31°53'S) and Ezibeleni (26°58'E, 31°53'S), situated within the Chris Hani District Municipality in Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The usefulness of the FAMACHA© system for identifying goats needing treatment was confirmed. It allowed stock owners to identify badly affected goats accurately, as borne out by the agreement between FAMACHA scores and corresponding haematocrits.


Faecal Egg Count; FAMACHA© System; Haematocrit; Haemonchus Spp; Nematodes


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