How to break the parasite cycle when housing cattle
Many cattle will be housed over the coming weeks. Coming off grass, these animals bring with them a large burden of parasites.
These parasites can cause a lot of damage, reducing performance by causing diarrhoea, a drop in appetite, increasing the risk of both viral and bacterial pneumonia, and thereby affecting feed intake, reducing weight gain.
If untreated, these parasites can then reinfect pastures after turnout and keep the cycle going.
Housing is one of the key times to break this cycle and treat cattle against the most common internal and external parasites.
There are many different options to control stomach/intestinal worms. Ensure when choosing your product that it will cover all stages of worms, including the inhibited stomach worms. Levamisoles (yellow drenches) are only effective against adults.
Many of the combination products used to control stomach worms will also control lungworms, but be sure to check the label for efficacy against various stages of parasites and consult your vet if you are unsure.
When treating for the external parasites like lice and mange, make sure to treat on the same day as they are contagious and if treated on separate days, they will reinfect the treated animals.