Keep these spring cattle deworming tips in your back pocket

Cow-calf producers can reduce internal parasites with early deworming.

Parasites can lead to poor performance in cattle, including reduced immunity and weight. To better justify the costs of deworming and handling, it is important to understand how to administer the product correctly to make it most effective. A veterinarian highlights the best practices to keep in mind if you are using an injectable dewormer.

“We sometimes will see some hesitation in choosing a product that’s extended-release simply because producers may not look at that as a long-term investment and so they may be a little bit hesitant about investment in that type of product. But what we found is there are significant payoffs: cattle will better utilize forage and other resources so ultimately those calves that are going to grass in that situation with an extended-release product, we’re controlling parasites, and we’re going to see improved weight gain,” said Dr. Dan Cummings.

“When we look at extended-release products and controlling parasites for up to 150 days, we don’t have to bring those cattle back in from pasture for additional deworming to control parasites. And then, of course, for the cattle. They don’t have the added stress of reapplication and additional processing events. We’ve seen some improvement in reproductive efficiency in replacement heifers with extended-release products,” Cummings said.

To get the most out of the vaccination, it is encouraged to have a sound nutrition plan which will improve overall immunity and response.

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