Warm weather across the Southern High Plains allows for a longer transmission period for parasites, says Dr. Mac Devin, Senior Professional

Services Veterinarian. This longer transmission period can offer challenges for parasite control programs. Southern High Plains producers face challenges from Haemonchus and Cooperia in the early fall and greater concern from Ostertagia and lice as the weather cools down.

Dr. Devin encourages producers to work with their veterinarian to analyze the species before selecting a parasite control product. “With the higher cost of feedstuffs, it would be prudent to look at a science-based analysis to determine what parasite species are in the herd. That will help us choose the right product to get the best control,” says Dr. Devin.

 “If we know the parasite species, then we can select the right drug compounds for the best control,” says Dr. Devin. “Research has shown Cooperia with increased resistance to the avermectin compounds. If Cooperia is our predominant species, then we might want to look at the oxfendazole compound in SYNANTHIC for more effective control.”

Dr. Devin says that proper diagnostics will pay dividends for producers. “We have seen that there is a significant response to deworming in the face of a parasitism,” says Dr. Devin. “The key is to diagnose the type of parasite and the parasite load to develop the most effective course of treatment.”

To develop a more complete fall parasite control plan for your herd, contact your local veterinarian. For more information on the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., complete line of parasite control products, contact your local Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica cattle representative or visit www.bi-vetmedica.com.

CYDECTIN Residue Warning: When used according to label directions, neither a pre-slaughter drug withdrawal period nor a milk discard time is required. Meat and milk from cattle treated with CYDECTIN (moxidectin) Pour-On may be used for human consumption at any time following treatment. A withdrawal period has not been established for this product in pre-ruminating calves. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal.

SYNANTHIC Residue Warning: Cattle must not be slaughtered until seven days after treatment. Because a withdrawal time in milk has not been established, do not use in female dairy cattle of breeding age. There are no contraindications for the use of SYNANTHIC bovine dewormer suspension in beef cattle.