The Joint Administrators and their agents Hilco Capital continue to trade the 48 store portfolio of Countrywide Farmers PLC following our appointment on 7th March 2018. Store performance is reviewed weekly but given the strong trading performance to date the majority of stores will be trading into May which has created an opportunity to seek further going concern sales where available.

Interest in the leasehold store portfolio has been strong and we received credible offers supported by strong under-bidders for approx. 20 stores on a going concern basis. The aim is to conclude these transactions as soon as possible.

Lease premium interest has also been received with interested parties seeking an alternative use for some of the stores.

There are 11 leasehold stores where progressing going concern offers is proving challenging (either because no acceptable offer has been received, the structure of certain offers or from a deliverability perspective). In-order for all stores to have every opportunity to be sold as a going concern we would like to invite going concern offers on the following stores;

1. Ashbourne, 2. Launceston – B2B, 3. Ludlow – B2B, 4. Penzance – B2B, 5. Liphook, 6. Evesham, 7. Twyford, 8. Witney, 9. Gower, 10. Tavistock, 11. Chepstow

Initially please e-mail your interest to [email protected] or call 07740894721, following the signing of an NDA store P&L information and data room access can be arranged.

As a guide any transaction will need to be near to completion end April or the first week in May 2018 however this does depend on trading and credibility of interest.

Adam Heath [email protected] is seeking offers on the 20 freehold sites / stores on a 'property only' basis and we anticipate the wider marketing process to commence in May. To date interest in the freehold sites has been significant. Again if you have a going concern interest in the freehold stores please contact Gareth Shaw in the first instance.

Unfortunately we have been unable to retain the workforce in full and 26 redundancies have been made at both the Evesham head-office and the Defford warehouse this week.

Worming Your Horse

  • Sometimes dosing your horse is not adequate enough to protect them from worms, this guide will help you prevent and deal with them.
  • Routine testing is one of the most important things to do, to ensure you find the best way to deal with parasites in your horse.
  • This guide covers each parasite, the test you should use, as well as the season you’re more likely to find the parasite in, helping you effectively protect your horse and worm them.
  • Countrywide Stores all have professionals that can help you find the right testing kit, and also can help you interpret the results, so you can worm your horse correctly.

Make sure your worming programme is effective

Parasitic worms can seriously undermine the health and wellbeing of horses. Ensuring that your horse is not carrying a heavy burden is all part of a day to day health care plan. Now, with worms becoming resistant to some worming drugs, simply dosing all horses with routine wormers is not adequate.

Routinely dosing all horses with the same wormers is no longer enough to give good worm control.
"Routinely dosing all horses with the same wormers is no longer enough to give good worm control."

To preserve existing wormers for the future, and create effective worming programmes, we need to use wormers only when they are needed and as part of a wider strategy. Here’s a step by step guide to ensuring you get the best from your wormers now - and in the future.

Look after your pasture

Most parasites release their eggs into the faeces of your horse. Deposited onto the pasture they will hatch and develop into infective larvae, ready to be ingested, starting the worm cycle over again. Any worming strategy, therefore, should start with pasture maintenance.

Pasture maintenance for worm control

  • Avoid over-grazing
  • Avoid over-stocking
  • Rotate paddocks
  • 'Poo pick' at least twice a week
  • Cross graze with other species (ideally sheep) if possible

Routine testing, not routine worming

With 80% of parasites being carried in only 20% of horses, a targeted approach which considers each horse on an individual basis is needed. Routinely dosing all horses with the same wormers is no longer enough to give good worm control. Costly and ineffective it can, in itself, encourage the development of resistant worms. Routine testing - rather than routine worming – is simple to do and the results will help you and your SQP advisor to decide:

  • Which horses do, and do not, require worming
  • Which types of worms are present on your pastures
  • Which are the appropriate worming products to use
  • How to achieve the most cost-effective approach to worming
  • How to reduce unnecessary treatments
  • How to maintain the efficacy of wormers by only using them when needed

Choosing the right test

Different tests are needed to detect the presence of different parasites:

The most appropriate test for parasites

Parasite, Faecal Egg Count, ELISA Blood Test, Other, Season most prominent Small redworms Large redworms Large roundworms Tapeworms Bots Encysted Small Redworm Larvae Lungworms Pinworms Season Key

A Faecal Egg Count By counting how many eggs are found within the faeces of your horse a FEC test (known as a worm count) can act as a good indicator of the level and type of intestinal parasites present. Some parasites, including encysted small redworm larvae, bots and pinworms are not apparent in a FEC and should be presumed present or diagnosed by clinical signs.

Tapeworm Tests Worm egg counts have never been reliable for identifying tapeworm problems in horses. Now a new, easy to use new saliva test that shows the presence of tapeworm in the gut is available from EquiSal also an ELISA blood test conducted via a vet will identify tapeworm burdens.

When to test – and worm if necessary

Regular testing will mean that you worm your horse only when he needs it. Discussing the results with your Countrywide SQP will ensure you choose the right wormer for the job. By killing egg laying adults and suppressing egg output, worming also reduces pasture contamination. Here’s a sample targeted worming programme for a mature, healthy horse, kept at low risk from worms:

Winter FEC (optional) + Worm for encysted Redworm
Spring FEC all horses. Worm any with a count of 200+ epg
Summer FEC all horses. Worm any with a count of 200+ epg
Autumn FEC all horses. Worm any with a count of 200+ epg
  • Horses have their droppings analysed for the number of eggs present and animals with more than 200 eggs per gramme of droppings are then wormed.
  • Worm for encysted redworm in the winter, even if counts are clear. These parasites can remain in the dormant larval stage for a long time within the horse before making their presence known as mature egg-laying adults
  • Test for tapeworm twice a year with a six month gap between tests

How Countrywide can help

All Countrywide Stores have highly qualified professionals known as SQPs (Suitable Qualified People) who receive regular training to keep them at the forefront of knowledge on equine worming. Find your local store

Our SQPs are able to recommend testing kits, and will be on hand to interpret the results, devise a worming programme if needed and offer good advice on pasture management and general worming health. Some top tips include:

  • Always dose your horse accurately according to weight
  • If possible weigh using a weigh bridge or ask your Countrywide SQP for a weigh tape and add 10% to the measurement.
  • Test new arrivals and worm if necessary, keeping new horses stabled for 48 hours after worming to ensure any eggs are passed before turning them out to avoid contamination to pasture
  • Worm pregnant mares before and after foaling
  • Don’t forget to monitor foals very regularly and worm as necessary
  • Keep a record of your worming programme
  • Always follow manufacturers’ recommendations

For further advice on worming your horse or pony please speak to your Countrywide SQP. If you would like Countrywide to remind you when your horse requires a worm count, please register your details to automatically sign up to this free service.


Bots are the larval stage of the bot fly Gasterophilus sp. These larvae are found adhering to the stomach lining. Bots cause a mild inflammation of the stomach.


The removal of the larval stages in the late summer or winter will break the life cycle of this parasite. The Group 3 class of anthelmintic will effectively remove this infection.


The adult tapeworm lives in the small intestine and caecum. The damage done to the intestine is not great as they feed of the contents of the food within the gut rather than off the horse itself. However they do attach themselves to the gut wall and may cause ulcers to develop. These ulcers may predispose the horse to the development of colic, abscesses and other more serious gut conditions.


As it is not possible to control the intermediate host, control of tapeworms is usually carried out after mite activity has reduced in the Autumn (October). Depending upon whether the horse is stabled or left at grass over the winter another treatment could be carried out in April or July. Pyrantel and Praziquantel are currently the only drugs available to treat tapeworm infection in horses in the U.K.

Small Redworms

There are many species of worms which come under the classification of Cyathostomims (formerly Cyathostomes). The characteristic, apart from size, which differentiates them from the large Strongyles, is they migrate into the wall of the intestine where they form small cysts. At the end of migration and the period of inhibition a mass emergence of larvae occurs and this can have serious implications for the animal. Diarrhoea, mucosal ulcers and bleeding, and colic are common signs.


Prevention/reduction of the accumulation of inhibited larvae is one method which is used and this involves minimising reinfection either by regular use of an effective anthelmintic and by reducing pasture contamination by collecting the faeces of animals using the pasture.


Infection by this nematode is common but it is not a serious condition. The signs of the disease are an irritation of the skin surrounding the anus (perineum).


The local irritation caused by the eggs can be alleviated by wiping away the eggs, however the infection is easily removed by a regular worming routine.


The lifecycle of this parasite is similar to that of the cattle lungworm. D arnfieldi is primarily a parasite of donkeys and horses become infected by sharing a pasture with them. In spite of carrying the infection, both donkeys and horses do not often show signs of a respiratory infection, however the damage done by the adult parasites in the lungs may contribute to the development of chronic respiratory disease in later life.


The regular use of avermectin or benzimidazole anthelmintics for gut roundworm infections will simultaneously reduce lungworm numbers.