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Failure of moxidectin to control benzimidazole–, levamisole– and ivermectinresistant Teladorsagia circumcincta in a sheep flock
  1. N.D. Sargison, BA, VetMB, DSHP, FRCVS1,
  2. F. Jackson, BSc, PhD,
  3. D. J. Bartley, BSc2 and
  4. A. C. P. Moir, BSc3
  1. 1 Large Animal Practice, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Easter Bush Veterinary Centre, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9RG
  2. 2 Department of Parasitology,Moredun Research Institute, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ
  3. 3 Scottish Agricultural College, Sustainable Livestock Systems, Bush Estate, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PH

Abstract

Control of a benzimidazole–, levamisole– and ivermectin-resistant population of Teladorsagia circumcincta was attempted using moxidectin administered orally at the manufacturer's recommended dose rate of 200 µg/kg bodyweight. Ewes were dosed after lambing with the aim of controlling their periparturient rise in faecal egg output and lambs were dosed at six-week intervals throughout the summer. This regimen failed to suppress the establishment of significant numbers of infective helminth larvae on the pasture, resulting in unsatisfactory lamb production. Oral dosing with moxidectin was effective in removing adult female burdens of ivermectin-resistant T circumcincta, but the effect of the drug did not persist against the resistant helminth population.

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