Cattle production: Dipping to control East Coast fever (part 2)

Dipping, or acaricides, is one of the weapons in farmers’ arsenal in the war against East Coast fever (ECF). Here’s more on trade names and chemical groups. The chemistry that dictates how acaricide compounds work is complex and needs profound levels of understanding. Cattle farmers need only to know how…

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Cattle production: Dipping to control East Coast fever (part 1)

Dipping, or acaricides, is one of the weapons in farmers’ arsenal in the war against East Coast fever (ECF). There are three major options available in the battle against ECF: dipping to control the ticks, vaccinating to control the parasitic protozoan parasites that cause the disease, treating animals soon after…

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Small stock production: Record keeping – update your flock admin

Animal admin is part of farm management and keeping flock records up to date helps the stockfarmer with forward planning. Draw up a month by month table that you break down into weekly segments. Animals don’t always fit neatly into rigid parameters so there should be some flexibility allowed. Once…

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Ticks and tick-borne diseases – East Coast fever

THE DREADED EAST COAST FEVER Riphicephalus appendiculatus – the brown-ear tick (discussed in part II) transmits Anaplasmosis but, and more importantly, is the primary vector of East Coast fever (ECF). ECF has an incubation period of between 10 and 25 days with death occurring between 18 to 30 days. In…

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