wormers & dung beetles

Discussion in 'Horse Management' started by Ants, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. Ants

    Ants Well-known Member

    Hi everyone,
    just double checking something - just wormed the horses with equimax - its 48hrs off the paddock with the dung beetles to prevent any dung beetle deaths isnt it??

    cheers :)
     
  2. Maree4

    Maree4 Gold Member

    I have been told that's a myth, wormer's kill worms not bettles:p .but I could be wrong.
     
  3. Floggadog

    Floggadog Guest

    Are Drenches Harmful to Dung Beetles?
    Many are, some aren’t – CHOOSE CAREFULLY!
    The Natural Heritage Trust and AGFORCE (Qld) have
    produced two useful guides to the use of parasiticides:
    „Consider your dung beetles when using parasiticides‟ and
    „Strategic use of parasiticides can help your dung beetles‟.
    These pamphlets are available from the Goulburn Broken
    Dung Beetle Project on request, or from the „Victorian Dung
    Beetle e-Forum‟ website.
    There is one drench product on the market, Cydectin*, that
    makes the legal claim (on the product label) that it “has no
    adverse impact on dung beetles or dung beetle populations”.
    Farmers wanting to minimize the negative effects of
    drenches on dung beetles and other dung fauna should
    consult a technical expert on this subject.
    *
    Registered trademark of Fort Dodge

    http://mc2.vicnet.net.au/home/beetles/Goulburn_Broken_Dung_Beetle_Project/DB_ID_guide_April_08.pdf
     
  4. El_equine

    El_equine Well-known Member

    I wormed with equimax & still have large numbers of dung beetles ';' I also rotate wormers, the only time we don't have dung beetles is when it is very cold & frosty.
     
  5. Ants

    Ants Well-known Member

    cheers guys; i have noticed dung beetles death's in the past from worming, just couldnt remember how long to rotate for, think ill run with the 48hrs, pretty sure that worked last time.
     
  6. NumidianHorse

    NumidianHorse Active Member

    I'd suggest checking with the research scientist in charge of the dung beetle project at CSIRO. Unfortunately I can't remember her name, she was on ABC radio recently.

    Presumably CSIRO could give advice ... also Worm Watch (on here) may be able to give info re the risks ...

    ... Good question!**)
     
  7. citygirl

    citygirl Gold Member

    Ants @) yes Wormer's KILL poor little dung-Beatles- I should know I'm one that walks around my paddocks for a few days after worming EVERY time :(

    depending on the size & age of horse/pony I would try and keep them off the paddocks for 48 hours or some times 3 days.

    Cheers
    Lee
     
  8. Ants

    Ants Well-known Member

    thanks again :)

    i grabbed a wheelbarrow load of poop + beetles and put it in the shed just in case as well :)
     

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