Video: The scoop on scooping the poop

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Pasture hygiene includes “picking up the poop”, says parasitologist Martin Nielsen. “I know many, many people who do that with great passion and enthusiasm. Or, should I say, many people get their husbands to do it.”

But is it effective? Find out in the latest segment of our short video series.

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4 thoughts on “Video: The scoop on scooping the poop

  • November 5, 2019 at 8:41 am
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    I know that some people are advocating the spreading of rotted muck heaps back onto the paddocks as fertiliser. Is this safe?

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    • November 7, 2019 at 9:38 am
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      Hi Caroline!

      If the manure has been well composted, all the parasite eggs and larvae will be dead. They don’t tolerate temperatures above 40 C, and will die within a couple days.

      Sincerely,

      Martin K Nielsen

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  • November 8, 2019 at 11:25 am
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    Hi with all the drought how can the parasites live in the poo – we are in NSW and there is just no grass – in fact, anything to eat where we are?

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    • December 4, 2019 at 1:27 am
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      Hi Susan,

      Research done in Australia has clearly illustrated that strongyle parasite larvae can survive through periods of drought as long as the fecal balls are intact. The fecal balls will retain some moisture in the center and that will be enough to keep larvae alive for several weeks. Once it starts raining again, the larvae will quickly move out onto the herbage and make themselves available for the horses.

      However, if the drought goes on for several months, there will be very few larvae surviving.

      Sincerely,

      Martin K Nielsen

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