Worm Test Kits

Worm test kits for faecal worm egg counts

For sheep, cattle, goats, alpacas and camels

Worm test kits will give you:

  • A count of the different types of parasitic worms present (e.g. strongyle worms, Nematodirus, tape worms)
  • And an assessment of the degree of coccidiosis infection (low, medium, high)

It’s recommended to test for worms before drenching. For example, do a worm test for your sheep before drenching them with LV, Dual and especially Moxiguard.

Please contact us 1800 243 683 for pricing.


Worm Test Kits are supplied and analysed by Parasite Diagnostic Services.

Collecting Samples:

  • Supply approximately one heaped teaspoon of fresh faeces per animal for standard worm and coccidiosis tests. You should as a bare minimum supply at least 4 grams of faeces (per animal)  for cattle, horses and camels, and 2 grams for other livestock.
  • An extra 20g of fresh faeces is required for larval culture analysis. This material should never be frozen and should be as fresh as possible (do not retain for more than a few days). Usually larval cultures are performed for a pooled group of approximately 10 animals following worm/coccidiosis testing. If you follow the ‘heaped teaspoon’ guideline above then there should be enough.
  • Only collect fresh samples. Older, harder, drier samples are harder to assess and will lead to inaccurate results.
  • For testing groups of animals, we recommend submitting 10 fresh faecal samples for each herd/mob/flock
  • For sheep sample collection, it is often practical to move the mob into a clean corner of the yard and leave them for 5 minutes. Then move the animals away and collect 10 fresh samples from the ground.  Using an egg carton for initial pick up makes this process easier.
  • Please keep material refrigerated (but not frozen) if there is a delay between collection and mailing. If the samples are kept at room temperature for too long, the eggs may start to hatch and test results will be inaccurate.

Mailing Samples:

  • Do not place more than one teaspoonful of faeces in each small bag.
  • Please do not overfill (do not fill to the brim) or the material will expand in the post and the bags will leak!
  • Seal all the bags and then pack carefully.
  • Keep your paperwork (submission forms) separate from the samples, as the forms may become soggy and unreadable if the samples leak.
  • If sending more than one group of samples, up to 5 mobs may be entered on the one submission form.
  • In hot weather, an ice brick will help keep the samples fresh and prevent worm eggs from hatching. For larger numbers of samples you may elect to send the samples in a polystyrene foam box or Esky to keep them cooler.
  • Fit as many samples in one satchel as possible (to reduce cost), or tape/tie envelopes securely together, leaving one address label clearly visible.

More information about collecting samples can be found here.