Journal article

An assessment of worm control practices used by alpaca farmers in Australia

Mohammed H Rashid, Mark A Stevenson, Angus JD Campbell, Jane L Vaughan, Ian Beveridge, Abdul Jabbar

VETERINARY PARASITOLOGY | ELSEVIER | Published : 2019

Abstract

This study aimed to assess current worm control practices used by Australian alpaca farmers with an online questionnaire survey. The questionnaire contained questions about farm demography and general husbandry practices, farmers' knowledge about gastrointestinal nematodes (GINs) and their importance, the use of worm control strategies and anthelmintics, and grazing management. A link for the questionnaire survey was sent to all (n = 954) registered members of the Australian Alpaca Association in July 2015. The response rate for the questionnaire was 25% (239/954). The majority of respondents were from small (≤ 50 alpacas; 64%, 153/239) followed by medium (50-100 alpacas; 24%, 57/239) and la..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful to alpaca farmers across Australia who participated in this study. The financial assistance for this project was provided by AgriFutures Australia and the Australian Alpaca Association. M.H.R. is a grateful recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award through the University of Melbourne and a PhD top-up scholarship from AgriFutures Australia.