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Pig manure wanted for research project

22nd Sep 2016 / By Alistair Driver

Researchers at the University of Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine are looking for pig faecal samples for a research project.

AscarisThey have developed a new diagnostic test for detection of the giant roundworm Ascaris, a common parasite of pigs.

Ascaris infections can lead to reduced growth rates and ‘milk spots’ on pig livers.

The standard diagnostic tests for Ascaris infection are not very sensitive and can miss infections.

The researchers believe the new test they are developing is likely to be more sensitive and could be used for rapid pen-side testing.

To validate the test they need pig faecal samples and are asking for help from anyone in the UK who keeps pigs.

The researchers say: “We will ask you to collect fresh pig faecal samples from pig pens or pastures and send them to us at the University.

“We will provide you with containers for sample collection and stamped addressed boxes for safe postage of the samples.

“We will test the faecal samples in our laboratory, using our new diagnostic test and the McMaster technique to give faecal worm egg counts.”

Farmers who take part will be informed of the faecal worm egg counts for any samples they provide, although the researchers stress all personal details and information related to your premises will be held in complete confidence. Individual premises will not be identified.

  • If you would like to take part or for further information, please contact: Dr Martha Betson, Lecturer in Veterinary Parasitology 
  • Email: Tel: 01483 689821