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Uganda Journal of Agricultural Sciences

Prevalence of common gastro-intestinal nematode infections in commercial goat farms in Central Uganda

Authors: G Nsereko, P Emudong, H Mulindwa, J Okwee-Acai

Journal: Uganda Journal of Agricultural Sciences

Gastro-intestinal nematode (GIN) infections are the leading cause of production losses in commercial goat farms worldwide. This study determined the level of gastro-intestinal nematodes (GIN) infection and identified the common GIN parasites in commercial goat production in Central Uganda. Faecal egg counts and morphological larval identification in coprocultures were used to estimate the burden of common GIN of goats in Central Uganda. Egg shedding was detected in 43% of the goats. Worm burdens were highest (498 -713 epg) in goats 3-5 and 8-9 months old. Goats of 6-8 and older than 9 months showed relatively lower egg counts (254- 491epg). Haemonchus (56%), Oesophagostomum (33%) and strongyloides species (11%) were the only nematode species identified on coprocultures. Key words: Gastro-intestinal nematode, Haemonchus species , Oesophagostomum, worms