A few key practices can reduce internal parasite resistance



Resistance is something we currently hear a lot about in agriculture, including the issue of parasite resistance in beef cattle. As spring approaches, producers may have questions about their parasite management decisions. How can livestock operators effectively manage internal parasites in their herds? What can they do to reduce the risk of parasite resistance?

Parasites are a normal part of the gut flora of pastured cattle. Left unmanaged, however, internal parasites can cause insidious production losses including a reduction in weights. Dr. John Gilleard, with the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, covered internal parasite management in beef cattle during a recent BCRC webinar.

Strategies to Managing Parasites

Grazing management, proper biosecurity protocols, monitoring parasite loads, and strategic deworming are all tools producers can use to manage for parasites. Gilleard also suggests following the “Five C’s:” Continue reading

Managing internal parasites: Webinar March 28

Update: Missed the webinar? Find the recording and check for future webinars on our Webinars page: http://www.beefresearch.ca/resources/webinars.cfm


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Internal parasites are a serious cost to the Canadian beef industry. In this webinar, Dr. Gilleard will discuss current issues in parasite management including how to achieve sustainable control as parasites become more resistant to available treatments.

When

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Tuesday March 28,  7:00 pm MT

  • 6:00pm in BC
  • 7:00pm in AB and SK
  • 8:00pm in MB
  • 9:00pm in ON and QC
  • 10:00pm in NS, NB and PEI 

Interested but aren’t available that evening?
Register anyway! This webinar will be recorded and posted online at a later date. All registrants will receive a link to the recording and additional learning resources. By attending the live event, you’ll have the opportunity to interact and ask questions too.

Find and register for more BCRC webinars here, including:

  • Bovine TB: understanding the disease and how it is managed in Canada – March 2, 2017
  • Managing native forages – April 6, 2017

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5 articles for cow-calf producers heading into fall

With Fall around the corner, it’s a good time to (re)consider a few production practices. These 5 articles are full of ideas, scientific evidence, producer testimonials and interactive calculators. By taking a closer look at their options and potential, you may discover more ways to benefit your herd and bottom line.

Feed cows, not worms

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Managing internal parasites
Internal parasites can be much more detrimental to your bottom line than you may realize. Effective parasite control can have a greater economic impact on cow calf operations than many other management procedures. To learn more about the options for internal parasite control and how to prevent resistance to dewormers:

  1. Visit www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/internal-parasites-50, and
  2. Register for our upcoming webinar on managing internal parasites: www.beefresearch.ca/resources/webinars.cfm

Reduce sickness and sell more pounds
Preconditioning


By spreading out the stressors that normally occur at weaning (change in diet, vaccination, transport, etc.), calves gain more weight per dollar. Does that mean
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Internal parasites


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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.

Click to continue reading about effective methods of parasite control in beef cattle, including best practices to reduce drug resistance…

 

 

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