The integrated management of parasite risk: the preoccupation of the autumn!

During their grazing seasons, ruminants are often faced with the presence of several species of parasites in the pastures and whose eggs or larvae they ingest while grazing. Adult parasites attach themselves to various internal organs in their bodies (strongyles in the intestines, flukes in the liver, stomach flukes (paramphistomes) in the rumen, etc.).

Ruminants can tolerate the minor presence of some of these parasites when they occur in small amounts and to which they build up some immunity. However, when parasites are present in high quantities, they damage the organs they colonize with sometimes irreversible consequences. The animal’s health declines, its lifespan will be impacted and obviously its production capacity is reduced. This is all the more worrisome when the animal hosts several species of parasites at the same time and in large amounts.

Therefore, it is essential that each farm integrates an annual sustainable internal parasite management plan into the farm management strategy. This will include three components:

  • Regular qualitative and quantitative monitoring of internal parasites on the farms through analyses.
  • Plot management to limit the contamination of farm animals via parasite eggs or larvae.
  • Getting the parasites out of the ruminants’ bodies as far as possible. Specifically, this can be done by using dietary supplements containing plants known for their repellent properties.

There are several ways to determine if internal parasites are present in ruminants. The benefit of faecal analyses, used to identify and count the eggs released by parasites in the faeces, is that it is possible to precisely determine which parasites are found on the farm and, for a specific date, to get an idea of their levels in the animals’ bodies.

When the internal parasites have been detected on farms at levels that adversely affect the animals’ health and lifespan and thus their levels of production, an action must be taken to significantly reduce their presence in the animals’ bodies.

The use of a dietary supplement such as PARACLEAN PELLETS supports this objective. PARACLEAN PELLETS contains plants and aromatic plant extracts, some of which have been used traditionally given their well-known ability to repel parasites. This product acts on a nutritional level since it uses food resources and safe-to-eat plant resources to help protect animals from environmental disturbances and stress.

PARACLEAN PELLETS

PARACLEAN PELLETS comes in highly palatable pellets that are easily ingested by cattle, sheep and goats. These pellets are mixed directly in the feed or incorporated in the mixer over a period of 6 to 10 days, and therefore are very easy to use. They can be given to all animals regardless of their age once they start grazing and whatever their stage if being given to lactating or pregnant females.

Olivier Roy