FEClab Mini™ comprises the high quality vials and slides of the Paracount-EPG™ kit plus more, for less $! We value our ongoing relationship with our USA providers and continue to bring their faecal egg counting technology to you at a very affordable price.
This compact, light weight kit with re-usable components comprises the technical equipment necessary* for the horse or livestock owner to undertake faecal egg counts to monitor the level of pasture contamination with the eggs of Strongyle and other nematode species that commonly affect horses and livestock.
The FEClab Mini™ contains:
- 2 x glass, calibrated vials
- 2 x two-chamber glass McMaster counting slides with easy-to-see green grid
- 2 x Pasteur pipettes
- 2 x forceps
- 2 x stirrers
- 1 x Paracount-EPG™ Pamphlet with easy to follow instructions
- 1 x FECflote™ Solution recipe
*Note that you will also need access to a microscope with a mechanical stage and 10 x 10 objective/eyepiece for a total of 100x magnification. Contact EBW’s own microscope supplier: The Microscope Shop – you may even get our discount if you mention you have purchased from EBW. You will also need some flotation solution – EBWs easy recipe for flotation solution is included with FEClab Mini™.
Used correctly, FEClab Mini™ will put you in charge of faecal egg counting for your horses and livestock. It will allow you to determine the number of eggs per grams (EPG) – to an accuracy of 25 EPG. EPG are generally accepted as being more accurate and meaningful than a qualitative approach to worm management.
Using the high quality Paracount-EPG™ equipment that comes with FEClab Mini™, you will be able to undertake faecal egg counts using the following easy, 5 step process:
Step 1: Add an appropriate flotation solution (not supplied with the kit) to Line A of the calibrated 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 pipettes supplied to fill each slide chamber with two different samples (hint: blow into each chamber first – this will facilitate charging)
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 in the pamphlet.
Evidence Based Worming’s Seasonal Guide for Horse Managers will assist you with interpreting your results and will enable you to select a treatment most appropriate for your situation.
To use the FEClab Mini™ effectively, the user must develop skills in identifying the different observable parasitic nematode eggs and be able to differentiate these from other objects or ‘pseudo-parasites’ such as air bubbles and pollen commonly seen in faecal samples. Evidence Based Worming is happy to provide further support if necessary.
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