Mackenzie McCoy

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Seventy indoor-reared sheep were divided into 10 groups to test the efficacy of the experimental fasciolicide, compound alpha (15mg/kg) against triclabendazole (TCBZ)-resistant and TCBZ-susceptible F. hepatica infections. Activity against the Sligo TCBZ-resistant isolate was tested at three time points post-infection (p.i.): 3 days, 4 weeks and 12 weeks(More)
A sheep trial was performed to standardise a coproantigen reduction test (CRT) protocol for the diagnosis of resistance to triclabendazole (TCBZ) in Fasciola hepatica). The CRT employs the BIO K201 Fasciola coproantigen ELISA (Bio-X Diagnostics, Jemelle, Belgium) to test for the presence of F. hepatica coproantigens in a faecal sample. If it is(More)
Mature Fasciola hepatica of the triclabendazole-resistant Sligo isolate were incubated in vitro with 10 microg/ml of the sulphoxide metabolite of compound alpha [5-chloro-2-methylthio-6-(1-naphthyloxy)-H-benzimidazole]; the metabolite will be referred to as alpha.SO. Changes resulting from drug treatment were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM),(More)
Twenty-four shed-reared lambs were each infected orally with 250 metacercariae of Fasciola hepatica, using either the triclabendazole (TCBZ)-sensitive Cullompton isolate or the TCBZ-resistant Sligo isolate. Twelve weeks after infection the lambs were treated with TCBZ (10mg/kg) or with the experimental fasciolicide, Compound Alpha (Cpd alpha), a(More)
The incidence of deaths attributable to cage layer osteoporosis (CLO) and the associated parameters of bone strength were studied in a flock of 5000 commercial laying hens over one laying cycle. Of the 9.7 per cent mortality rate, 35 per cent were attributed to CLO, and the mean age of death of the CLO hens (45.5 weeks) was significantly earlier than that(More)
A comprehensive database was established on the milk production and reproductive performance of dairy cows in 19 selected herds in Northern Ireland, varying in size, management system and genetic merit. Data were obtained for 2471 cows, 1775 of which calved in a second year, and 693 were culled from the herd for specific reasons. The estimated mean rate of(More)
Relationships between genetic merit for milk production and animal parameters and various parameters of reproductive performance were examined using multilevel binary response analysis in a study of 19 dairy herds for three successive years, representing approximately 2500 cows per year. The proportion of cows intended for rebreeding that were back in-calf(More)
The effects of level of concentrate feeding in late gestation on feed intake, milk yield, milk composition, and fertility in the subsequent lactation were evaluated in a randomized block design experiment involving 60 cows. Grass silage was offered ad libitum for the last 28 d of gestation either as the sole diet (OC) or supplemented with 5 kg/d of(More)
The objective of this study was to determine the effects of plane of nutrition during early and mid-pregnancy on the performance of mature ewes and their offspring. From day 0 to day 39 post mating (early pregnancy, EP), 82 multiparous ewes were fed to provide either 60% (low, L), 100% (medium, M) or 200% (high, H) of predicted metabolisable energy (ME)(More)
Eight indoor-reared, crossbred sheep with no pre-exposure to Fasciola hepatica were infected, by oral gavage, with 200 metacercarial cysts of the triclabendazole-susceptible, Cullompton isolate of F. hepatica. Anthelmintic dosing occurred at 4 weeks post-infection using 15mg/kg compound alpha. Two treated sheep per time period were euthanized at 24h, 48h(More)