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The remarkable world of parasites

Parasites are horrible to view, but remarkable to watch particularly when they are close-up under the microscopic lense. They also have the most splendid Latin names-- Ctenocephalides (fleas), Knemidocoptes (budgie mite), Fasciola hepatica (liver fluke) and my favourite Anaplocephela perfoliata (horse tapeworm). But the species we want to discuss in this particular article are the tapeworms of the dog and cat (Dipylidium caninum and Taenia taeniaformis being examples). What we see is a tapeworm segment about a centimetre long, crawling in the fur around the back end of your cat. If we could look at it under the microscopic lense, it would expose the tiny but scary world of the tapeworm. Tapeworms do not have a direct infection course. In other words, they do not pass from one dog...

Five strategies for managing parasites in your herd

Utilizing the right dose of the right product at the correct time are three of those five key practices Resistance is something we currently hear a lot about in agriculture, including the issue of parasite resistance in beef cattle. This raises questions about parasite management choices. How can livestock operators efficiently 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. Kept unmanaged, however, internal parasites can cause insidious production losses including a reduction in weights. Grazing management, proper biosecurity protocols, keeping track of parasite loads, and strategic deworming are all tools producers can use to manage for parasites, Dr. John Gilleard, of the University of Calgary's faculty of...