Tropical animal health and production, vol.53, no.2, pp.331, 2021 (SCI-Expanded)
One of the most important activities in animal raising is parasite control. Since parasites share what animals eat on one hand, they
have disease-causing effects on the other hand, they are parasites that must be fought. In fact, they can be responsible for the
decrease in yield and can also cause death. Haemonchus contortus parasite from the Trichostrongylidae family is a blood parasite
that causes anemia in sheep and goats. In this study, using the FAMACHA© card, which is widely used in the determination of
anemia caused by Haemonchus contortus in the world, the color of the conjunctiva was scored in Akkaraman sheep and Hair
goats raised in the Sızma district of Konya, and the relations between the score and the parasite type and density were determined.
Accordingly, while no animals with 1 and 5 scores were observed in sheep, the numbers of animals with scores of 2, 3, and 4 were
determined as 7.84%, 40.2%, and 52.96%, respectively. Parasite eggs belonging to the Trichostrongylidae family were observed
in 96.07% of the sheep. On the other hand, no animal with score 1 or 2 was observed in goats. The numbers of animals with 3, 4,
and 5 scores were determined as 6.12%, 54.08%, and 39.80%, respectively. Eimeria, the most common parasite species, was
found in 68.18% of the goats and parasite eggs from the Trichostrongylidae family were observed in 17.05%. As a result, it was
concluded that the card in question was a practical, easily available, and cheap tool in the detection of anemia by using the
relationships between FAMACHA© card scoring and parasite loads.