Mar 1, 1988

Grazing pressure and acquisition of Ostertagia ostertagi in calves

Veterinary Parasitology
P NansenR J Jørgensen

Abstract

The effect of stocking rate on the acquisition of Ostertagia ostertagi infection and performance of yearling calves grazing a marshland area in the southwest of Jutland (Denmark) was examined. During the early part of the grazing season, when grass growth was high and pasture infectivity low, there was little stocking rate effect on performance. However, during the late part of the grazing season (characterized by poorer grass growth and high pasture infectivity) gains were significantly lower at high, compared with moderate stocking. At both stocking rates, the beneficial effect of moving animals to aftermath in mid-summer was significant, but was most pronounced at the high stocking rate. Interactions between stocking rate and acquisition of parasitism are discussed in the light of grazing behaviour and climatic factors.

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Pepsinogen B
Ostertagiasis
Trichostrongyloidiasis
Bos taurus
Seasonal Variation
Cattle Diseases
Ostertagia ostertagi
Rain
Plasma Albumin
Feces

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