Prevention/Controlling the Disease
- The first priority is to not allow the parasite to build up to dangerously high levels.
- Having a low stock density and an outdoor lambing management system may reduce the risk.
- Areas that contain shelter animals due to bad weather will need to be kept clean because it can become infected quickly.
- Although early exposure to the parasite can help build immunity, lambs housed inside should be provided fresh bedding and litter.
- Late lambs should not graze on pastures previously used by earlier lambs.
- Creep feeds should be moved regularly to prevent build-up and prevent manure contamination.
- Coccidiostats should be given prophylactically for 28 days in a row after lambs are put into a new environment.
- Animals could be fed a ration with monensin.
- Lambs should be selected from rams and ewes with good genetics.
- Lambs should be kept on high protein diets to become less susceptible to infection.
- When the disease was a problem in previous years, anti-coccidial drugs can be used before assumed outbreaks that contain:
- Amprolium and Sulfur (Corid)
- Oocysts can be killed by heat, direct sunlight, and drying.
- Cleaning at high temperatures and allowing area to dry is recommended.
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