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Each kit contains of a pre-paid Australia Parcel Post approved mailing satchel and a number of collection bags.
Each collection bag contains 10 smaller bags with clip tops and a spoon.
There is also a submission form.
Each kit will cover single animal submissions to multiple flock submissions.

Sample Collection

  • Fresh faecal samples are essential. The larvae hatch from the eggs rapidly and hatching reduces the accuracy of the counting techniques.
  • Samples are best collected directly from the rectum.
  • Samples from a freshly passed faecal deposit (still warm) are acceptable, but you should avoid collecting faeces that have been in contact with dirt or grass.
  • Fill the sample bags as full as possible. You may need to experiment with quantities.
  • Ensure the outside of the bags is clean and the clip tops are closed tightly.
  • Fill out the submission form completely.
    • Label each sample outer plastic bag with the same ID as is one your submission form.
    • Keep a note of which flocks you submitted sheet for your records.
  • The time between you collecting the sample and arrival at the lab should be no longer than 5 days.

Mailing

  • It is best to send the samples early in the week. This reduces the chance of samples being held in the mail system during the weekend.
  • Complete the sender details and be sure to write email addresses very clearly.
    • If paying by cheque, include payment with your submission.
    • If Paying by EFT please include evidence of payment e.g. receipt
  • Place the small clip top bags into the larger clear plastic bag, clip the top of the bag and place the bag into the reply paid satchel.
    • If a sample is urgent then send it in an express post satchel. Let the lab know it is coming.
  • Please post the samples as quickly as possible! If you need to hold your submission overnight, a cool place that is not the refrigerator is best.

Results

  • Egg count results are usually sent within 2 days of receipt of the sample. If a sample arrives on a Friday, then allow an extra day.
  • Larval culture results are sent about 11 days after receipt of the sample since it requires 10 days for the larvae to develop to the appropriate stage for identification.
  • If you need to discuss the results, Please phone our laboratory