Livestock production: Dealing with worms in your horses

Worms can cause extensive damage, without you even realising your horse is infected with these parasites. Many horses may appear healthy despite having significant internal damage due to worms. Worms rob the horse of nutrients and cause irritation of the gut and loss of condition. They may lead to debilitation,…

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Livestock production: Treating against parasites during winter

Question: Are there any parasites I can’t see that can cause problems? Do I need to treat against parasites during winter? LIVER FLUKE One parasite that does cause a problem, but can’t be seen, is the liver fluke. Its distribution depends on rainfall and the availability of open water sources.…

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It’s time to vaccinate animals, says RuVasa

The beginning of the rainy season also means farmers should expect an increase in several animal diseases. The latest monthly report of the Ruminant Veterinary Association of South Africa’s (RuVasa), compiled by dr. Faffa Malan, indicates that as soon as rainfall increases, problems with parasites will follow suit. Farmers are…

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Small stock production: Prevent and control parasitic mites that cause sheep scab and goat mange

Mites are ectoparasites that feed on the skin of the host animal and cause severe itching. This leads to scratching, rubbing and biting which, in turn, damages the skin, the wool and the hide. Stripped of hair and wool, bare patches of inflamed skin are crusted with weeping wounds and…

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