Livestock production: Dipping and tick control

Question: How long does a dip work against ticks? This is an issue that causes a lot of confusion among livestock farmers. To understand tick control, it’s essential to have the basic knowledge about the ticks’ feeding period on the animal. There are 2 groups of ticks: The first type…

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Cattle production: A comprehensive introduction to ticks and tick-borne diseases

Ticks and tick-borne diseases are an enormous threat to cattle and to the men and women who farm them. This threat is greater in warmer and wetter areas. As far back as 20 years ago, over a million cattle died every year (in the sub-region) from just a single tick-borne…

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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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More about ticks for stockmen and women

An understanding of the enemy and how he functions makes him far less dangerous. Learn about ticks to protect your livestock. THE BROWN EAR TICK (Rhiphicephalus appendiculatus) The third Rhipicephalus tick is widespread and occurs in the DRC, Tanzania, the Highlands of Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Eastern Botswana. It vectors…

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