Fall Parasite Control Helps Make the Most of Short Forage
BI PreventionWorks 10/22/2012 @ 3:20pm
Parasite control plays key role in making sure cattle get the most out of available feed resources
StJoseph, MO, Oct9, 2012 — Despite dry pasture conditions across the United States, internal and external parasites will continue to challenge beef cattle operations heading into fall and winterAn effective parasite control program in the fall can help cattle maintain body condition and make the most of purchased feedstuffs.
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., Professional Service Veterinarians from three key beef cow-calf regions share the following insights with cattle producers as they head into the fall:
Diagnostics: Internal parasites are hard to diagnose without proper diagnostic testsWork with your herd veterinarian to find out what species of parasites are challenging your herdThe main species to control varies from region to region in the fall of the year.
Different ages of cattle have different challenges: Younger animals such as calves and replacement heifers are the most susceptible animals in the herd to internal parasitesBy the time cattle have passed their second grazing season, they have developed a degree of ability to control Cooperia species on their own Cattle do not appear to develop resistance to abomasal parasites such as Ostertagia (brown stomach worm) and Haemonchus.
Read the label: The types of parasites controlled and for how long vary from product to productRead the label to ensure you are controlling the parasites challenging your herd and that you are administering the proper dosage.
Fall parasite control challenges vary from region to regionProfessional Services Veterinarians with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Incoffer the following insights for beef producers in three regions of the country.
Northern High Plains
DrJerry Woodruff, Senior Professional Services Veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, says that producers in the Northern High Plains states are most concerned with control of external parasites, such as lice, as they enter the fall months leading into cooler weather.
“Louse infestations are a significant concern for northern producers heading into late fall,” says DrWoodruff“Another concern is the brown stomach worm, which goes into an arrested development stage within the animal as winter approachesProducers should select a parasite control program that is effective against external parasites, as well as the inhibited form of Ostertagia.”
Despite the dry pasture conditions, DrWoodruff emphasizes that a parasite load can still be present and reinfestation is possibleThe types of parasite challenges vary somewhat depending on the age of the animalYoung stock face challenges from Ostertagia ostertagi (brown stomach worm), Cooperia and Nematodirus, while more mature animals are likely challenged by brown stomach worm.