Smallholders with Grazing Animals information for poultry keepers and other grazing animals

Smallholders

As a smallholder, you may have a wide range of animals in your herd and flock! We are renowned for our award winning equine health services, but did you know we provide services and information on testing hens and domestic poultry, sheep, cows, goats and other grazing animals for parasites too!

♻️ As custodians of the land we know you will also appreciate our commitment to the environment and we've made as much of our packaging biodegradable as possible.

This has enabled us to reduce our waste to landfill by 75%! We compost it on our farm in Northumberland and plan to use it for new tree planting on a 73 acre nature reserve we're establishing here. Not only does this create a place for nature but means a test with Westgate is carbon positive.

When it comes to worm egg counts not all tests are created equal – here at Westgate we have a purpose built laboratory specialising in worm egg counts for grazing animals and we test thousands of samples every week. We have rigorous processes to ensure you get the correct result for each animal using the industry standard ‘Modified McMaster test’ process to generate your result.

All samples are tested on the day they are received in the lab with results returned on the same day too!

 

Poultry

The term poultry used here includes chicken, duck, goose, guinea fowl, pigeon, partridge, pheasant, quail and turkey.

The use of regular worm egg counts to monitor your birds for signs of parasite infection means that you only need to step in with a treatment when the test indicates worms are present. 

Test every three months to use targeted worm control for your chickens. 

We work with over 200 shops, retailers, vets and SQPs to provide our worm counts as a service in store near you. When we carry out worm counts on any animal we will always report the number and type of worms seen in the sample. 

Find out more here about what we test for:  Avian Test Services

This helps to give you peace of mind that your birds aren’t carrying unwelcome parasites that will impact their health, while reducing the need for regular worming doses.

You can choose to test individual birds or to test a composite sample from groups that are housed together. 

Poultry & Bird Keepers Info & Shop


Other grazing animals

We also provide worm egg counts for the main parasites in grazing animals including sheep, cattle, goats, llama and alpaca. We can also test for liver fluke and lungworm.

We work with over 200 shops, retailers, vets and SQPs to provide our worm counts as a service in store near you. When we carry out worm counts on any animal we will always report the number and type of worms seen in the sample. 

Find out more here about what we test for: Grazing Animal Test Services

Our SQP’s in the lab are J and A qualified which means they are legally qualified to prescribe wormers for Equines and Avians – for other species you will need to consult your vet if you require further advice on what to worm with.

Grazing Animal Info & Shop