Paracount-EPG Faecal Analysis Kit
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Evidence Based Worming is proud to be an Australian re-seller of the highly regarded Paracount-EPG™ Faecal Analysis Kit.
This compact, light weight kit with re-usable components comprises most* of the technical equipment necessary for the horse owner to undertaking faecal egg counts to monitor the degree to which their horses might be contributing to pasture contamination with the eggs of strongyle and other nematode species that commonly affect horses in Australia.
The Paracount-EPG™ kit contains:
2 x glass, calibrated vials
2 x syringes with protective containers
2 x two-chamber glass McMaster Counting Slides with easy-to-see green grid
*Additional equipment necessary to undertake FECs is a microscope with a mechanical stage and 10 x 10 objective/eyepiece for a total of 100x magnification. An appropriate flotation solution will also be necessary.
Used correctly, the Paracount-EPG™ Faecal Analysis Kit allows you to determine a quantitative Eggs Per Gram (EPG) test in horses** using a modified McMaster egg counting technique. EPG are generally accepted as being more accurate and meaningful than a qualitative approach to worm management in horses.
The Paracount-EPG™ test is simple and quick, particularly in comparison with other commonly used faecal egg counting (FEC) techniques. The easy 5 step process includes:
Step 1: Add an appropriate flotation solution (not supplied with the kit) to Line A of calibrated Paracount-EPG™ vial
Step 2: Add faeces to bring the volume up to Line B and mix gently but thoroughly
Step 3: Draw two samples from the vial, one for each slide chamber
Step 4: Use the syringe supplied to fill each slide chamber with two different samples
Step 5: Using a microscope (not supplied with the kit), examine the slide under 100x magnification and count the number of eggs observed in the chambers utilising the green grid lines, then calculate the EPG using the instructions supplied.
Evidence Based Worming’s Guide to Egg Counts in Horses will assist you with interpreting your results and will enable you to select a treatment most appropriate for your situation.
While the Paracount-EPG™ Faecal Analysis Kit is primarily for the use of veterinary and other laboratory technicians, breeders of livestock – including horses, cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas and other ruminants – may find the kit useful both under the guidance of a trained professional or as a result of skills developed under the guidance of a trained professional. To use the kit effectively, the user must develop skills in identifying the different observable parasitic nematode eggs and be able to differentiate these from other objects or ‘artifacts’ such as air bubbles and pollen commonly seen in faecal samples. For this reason, Evidence Based Worming discourages the kit’s use unless a professional trained in parasitology is consulted. Evidence Based Worming’s workshop series provides this training for horse industry participants. Other training providers, such as the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ PROfarm courses, provide training for identification of farm livestock parasites, however they may use a different diagnostic system.
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