There are many different parasites that cause production impacts and disease in Canadian beef cattle. Parasite control is an important part of maintaining health, welfare and production and different parasites require specific control measures.
Internal parasites, such as roundworms and coccidia, live inside the gastro-intestinal tract whereas external parasites, such as lice and flies live on, or around, the animal.
It is important that all parasites are not considered as a single group when planning control measures. Instead, each should be considered separately within an overall integrated parasite control program.
Common parasites in Canada
Before developing a parasite control program it is important to understand which parasites are impacting your herd, and what that impact is.
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