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Type of publication: Diploma Thesis
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Year: 2010

Authors: Feldbaumer, Ingrid

Title: Erhebung des Betriebsablaufes im Bundesgestüt Piber mit Untersuchungen des parasitologischen Status.

Source: Diplomarbeit, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 38.


Löwenstein Michael

Vetmed Research Units:
Institute of Parasitology

Graduation date: 04.10.10

The aim of this current study was to characterise the status of the gastro-intestinal parasitism in the various horse population of the National Lipizzan Stud in Piber, Austria. During spring and autumn of 2009 more than 180 horses over a period of one year have been sampled by taking feces. After collection, 20 gram of the sample was used for egg counts by the standard sedimentation-flotation method. In a semi random sample of horses, the majority was infected with possibly small strongylides. EPG suggested a variable degree of parasitism. Only two samples showed parascahs equorum eggs and anaplocephala spp eggs. The samples taken in spring have shown a smaller number of strongyle eggs than they did in autumn. Horses over 10 years old showed lowest EPGs. In the State Stud of Piber, worm infestation with strongylus type, likely of small strongyles is the most common infection. Egg number tended to increase during the year, with highest level in autumn. Worm burden between different populations on the stud varied as did the fraction of significant shedders. Occasional ascarid and tapeworm infection was seen. The data shows that, combined with pasture rotation, targeted treatment of shedders could improve anti-parasite strategies.

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