How does targeted worming help our Dung Beetles and why should we care?

💩🐞 Dung beetles are nature’s recyclers, clearing our pastures by feeding and burying animal faeces and destroying parasite eggs. Sadly British dung beetles are in decline. The chemicals we use to treat livestock for parasites can be extremely toxic to them; wormers have had a devastating effect on native populations of these important little creatures. By targeting our wormers and reducing the amount of chemicals on the pasture we help to look after our beetles, benefiting not just our horses but the flora and fauna around us. In return they can save us money and time!


Twenty Years of Westgate Labs; how it all began

Twenty years ago few people had even heard about the problem of drug resistance and the technique of using worm counts with their horses for parasite control. That was until David & Gillian set out to change this from a tiny laboratory they created in the old dairy of their farm in Northumberland. Meet them as they talk through the history of Westgate over the last twenty years; how it began, its ethos and the evolution of the business helping people with the parasite control of their horses.

Four Winter Worm Count Myths Busted

There’s a common misconception that worm egg counts can’t be used over winter but there are a number of instances when testing can provide very useful information between December and February.

Winter parasite control for horses

🐴❄ Winter Parasite control for horses | Once the weather goes cold it’s time to treat for the possibility of encysted redworm and resistance test to check the treatment has been effective. Claire and Bertie talk you through it in this short video.

✅ Worm count 
✅ Treat for encysted redworm
✅ Resistance test

Autumn parasite control for horses

Find out how easy it is to get test based parasite control sorted for your horse this autumn 🍂

✅ worm count
✅ EquiSal Tapeworm test

This will determine whether any treatment is required. Targeting wormers only where they are needed helps to slow resistance developing to the drugs we have available, as well as being better for your your horse and the environment!

Taking the EquiSal tapeworm test

🐛🐴 Autumn is traditionally a time to worm for tapeworm... but wait! Before you dose your horse have you considered testing first to see if they need treatment? The EquiSal test is an easy to use saliva test that measures antibodies the horse produces. Fewer than 27% of horses tested need worming for tapeworm. Find out how easy it is to take the sample in this video.

A simple way to remove ticks using the O'TOM TICK TWISTER

Today we have been mostly talking about #ticks ⚠️ It’s tick season and our dogs and horses are regularly picking up these little blood sucking parasites 🕷 Watch our video on how to remove them quickly and easily to protect your animals from tick bourne diseases such as lymes disease. These inexpensive little tools help ensure the tick is removed in one piece and can be purchased on our online shop. 

> Shop our recommended O’Tom Tick Twister tool

War of the Worms

Anthelmintic (wormer) resistance is a growing problem affecting the health and welfare of livestock and horses but what is it and what does it mean? The Moredun Research Institute has teamed up with animator Selina Wagner (Blobina Animations) to create a short film highlighting the important elements involved in the development and spread of anthelmintic resistance as well as the crucial messages on sustainable methods of worm control. 

Professor Jacqui Matthews on the dangers of encysted redworm

Professor Jacqui Matthews of the Moredun Research Institute, Scotland explains why high burdens of encysted small redworm, if left unchecked, can turn your horse’s large intestine into a life-threatening ‘big leaky tea bag’.