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Title: The use of chicory for parasite control in organic ewes and their lambs
Authors: Athanasiadou, Spiridoula 
Gray, Douglas 
Younie, David 
Tzamaloukas, Ouranios 
Kyriazakis, Ilias 
Keywords: Bioactive;Chicory;Alternatives;Nematodes;Nutrition;Organic;Parasites
Category: Environmental Biotechnology
Field: Agricultural Sciences
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Source: Parasitology, 2007, Volume 134, Issue 4, Pages 299-307.
Journal: Parasitology 
Abstract: The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential benefits of grazing lactating ewes and their lambs on chicory (Cichorium intybus). Fifty-six certified organic twin-rearing ewes were either drenched with an anthelmintic or not, within 2 days after parturition and were grazed upon either grass/clover or chicory pastures. Around 12 weeks after parturition a subset of 12 lambs per treatment was slaughtered for worm number and parasite species determination. The faecal egg counts of lambs from undrenched ewes grazing on chicory were significantly lower than those of lambs from undrenched ewes grazing on grass. Lambs grazing on chicory had similar abomasal worm counts as those grazing on grass at 12 weeks of age; the predominant species was Teladorsagia circumcincta. There was no difference between the intestinal worm counts in lambs grazing on grass or chicory, with Trichostrongylus vitrinus being the predominant species. Liveweight gains over the 126-day experimental period were significantly higher in lambs from drenched than those from undrenched ewes. Lambs from undrenched ewes grazing on chicory had higher liveweight gains compared to those from undrenched ewes grazing on grass. Although chicory grazing did not affect ewe nematode egg excretion, it resulted in lower egg counts in lambs and improved their liveweight gains to the same level as those deriving from drenched ewes.
ISSN: 0031-1820
DOI: 10.1017/S0031182006001363
Rights: © 2006 Cambridge University Press
Type: Article
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