Ensuring cattle are at optimum health is important for welfare and productivity benefits. As with all species, parasite management control varies throughout the year with turnout and housing being the key periods for cattle.
Gastro-intestinal nematodes can cause clinical disease in animals and loss of production
Liver fluke has spread over the last decade and is now found across the country. This is due to:
The objective of liver fluke control is to reduce the risk of infection to a level that does not impact on animal welfare or affect the efficiency or economics of production
Liver fluke has 3 stages in the animal early immature, immature and adult all of which cause liver damage
Liver condemnations at slaughter or acute liver fluke disease are obvious losses. Subclinical disease cause:
In the warmer, summer months, flies cause irritation, stress and seriously affect cattle productivity due to reduced weight gain and milk yields.5,6
Flies are also responsible for the spread of significant cattle diseases such as summer mastitis, salmonella and New Forest Eye (Moraxella bovis) 7,8
The most common species that affect cattle productivity are:
Lice are mainly a problem with housed cattle in the winter. It can reduce cattle productivity and also downgrades the leather.
Mange mites cause irritation, thickened scaly skin, hair loss, hide damage and reduced productivity. It is mainly a problem in autumn, winter and early spring. Different mites are commonly found in different body areas as follows:
Flypor® Pour-On for cattle contains 4% (w/v) permethrin and is indicated for the control of flies (particularly biting flies and horn-flies) and lice (including sucking and biting lice), and for the treatment of sarcoptic and chorioptic mange of cattle.
Dectomax® Pour-On for cattle contains 0.5% w/v doramectin and is indicated for the treatment of gastrointestinal roundworms, lungworms, eyeworms, warbles, sucking and biting lice, mange mites and hornfly in cattle.
Dectomax® 10mg/ml Solution for Injection for cattle and sheep contains 1% w/v doramectin and is indicated for the treatment and control of gastrointestinal roundworms, lungworms, eyeworms, warbles, lice and mange mites.
Fasinex® 240 Oral Suspension for cattle contains 24% (w/v) triclabendazole and is indicated for the treatment of acute, subacute and chronic infection due to early immature, immature, and mature stages of Fasciola hepatica. If infected animals are treated before disease has developed, fasciolosis can be prevented.
Combinex® Oral Suspension for Cattle contains 7.5% (w/v) levamisole hydrochloride and 12% (w/v) triclabendazole and is indicated for the treatment and control of parasitic bronchitis, parasitic gastro-enteritis and fascioliasis in cattle. When used at the recommended dose rate, the product is effective against mature and developing immature stages of Levamisole susceptible Haemonchus, Trichostrongylus, Cooperia, Nematodirus, Bunostromum and Oesophagostomum species in the gastro-intestinal tract, and Dictyocaulus spp in the lungs. The product is effective against developing immature and adult Ostertagia, but is not active against inhibited larvae. It is also effective against all stages of Triclabendazole susceptible Fasciola hepatica from two week old early immature to adult fluke, and so is indicated against both acute and chronic fascioliasis.
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