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Heavy Blue Tick Infestation

Term: 2014
Published: February 5, 2014
Revised: February 18, 2014

Weekly inspection of livestock for internal and external para site infestations and the signs of production loss caused by parasites. Parasite infestation is a continuous event that increases in certain seasons and decreases in other seasons.
The disease development process is slower than in the case of infectious diseases, which need daily observation. For parasite control, animals must be specifically inspected on at least a weekly basis to determine the level of parasite infestation and production loss during the season when there is an increase in the parasite population.
The livestock handler needs to know the common parasites that cause production loss and death, and how they can be identified and treated on an on-going basis.
 

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