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Cattle Housing

As the seasons move into autumn, most cattle farms look to start housing cattle over the winter months. This is the ideal disease control point where a little thought on which animals to treat for what, with what and when, can have a huge impact on treatment success, animal health and growth rates over the winter.

From the point of view of parasites, we’d be looking to control:

  • Ectoparasites – lice and mange. We know that all animals will potentially be at risk from ectoparasites at housing, so treating all housed animals for these makes sense.

  • Roundworms – lungworms and gut worms, including type 2 ostertagiasis. All cattle that have been grazing will have been exposed to roundworms, although on most farms only youngstock (first and second grazing season animals) will be at risk of disease as older animals will have developed immunity to these worms. Adults may then only need a treatment for ectoparasites (eg Flypor™) whereas youngstock will need a treatment that covers both worms and ectoparasites (eg Dectomax™ Pour On).

  • Liver fluke - although all stock grazing fluke risk pastures will be at risk from liver fluke, treatments can be more difficult to target effectively. Not all treatments kill all stages of fluke in the animal, and with the fluke challenge expected to come later this year, many animals might only be carrying early immature fluke at housing time. For more info, check out the updates from COWS and our webinar ‘Liver Fluke – Test Don’t Guess’ with Moredun and the NSA.

Further information on parasites affecting cattle can be accessed on the right of this page.