Parasites

Parasites

Internal parasites (sometimes known as worms) can limit production and can be complex to manage. Having an animal health plan, developed with a veterinarian, can help minimise the effects of parasites.

Information on internal parasites is available in a convenient DINZ Deer Fact sheet (September 2015). Print off your own copy here >>
Knowing when and how to deal with parasites on your farm

Parasites in deer stomachs are known as gastrointestinal (GI) nematode parasites. Some nematode parasites are specific just to deer but some affect deer, sheep and cattle.

Lungworm (Dictyocaulus eckerti) is the most important and serious parasitic disease of young farmed deer. The cattle lungworm (D.