DULUTH, Ga., April 18, 2006 (AgNewsWire) – Merial announces the return of a program that encourages producers to put a spring deworming program to the test. The IVOMEC Plus (ivermectin/clorsulon) Challenge gives producers in eight states a firsthand look at the benefits of treating cattle for parasites in the spring, including liver flukes, this spring.
Producers in Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington are eligible for the IVOMEC Plus Challenge, which gives them an opportunity to see the added benefits of treating against liver flukes early in the year.
Veterinarian Dr. James Hawkins says liver flukes have been identified by the National Beef Quality Audit as one of the top 10 issues facing the cattle industry. “Most of the time with liver flukes there’s no obvious clinical sign. The cattle do not look like they’re sick. The only thing that’s different about the herd is that their production is not as good as it could be. So, if you treat for flukes you can see increased weaning weights of the calves, you can see better body condition in the cows, you’ll see higher pregnancy rates.” (Full Release)